In a time when the spotlight has been shining more brightly upon women, this week is the pinnacle of female empowerment- what with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and Mother’s Day on the 11th March.
The recent paradigm shift within the television and film industry has sparked social movements such as ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ in reaction to the continued mistreatment of women. In the year which marks the centenary of the first women gaining the vote, it seems that more than ever we should be taking time to reflect upon and appreciate women of the past who have fought to get us where we are now, and the women of the present who are fighting today to get us where we’re going.
While Mother’s Day is primarily focused on mothers – the clue, after all, is in the name- now seems an apt time to express gratitude to all the amazing women in your life who support and love you: mums, aunties, grandmas, sisters, and friends.
You can show your love in various ways- it doesn’t necessarily need to be a shop bought gift.
Here are just a few simple ideas you might wish to try this Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day:
- Make a meal
Whether it be breakfast in bed or their favourite dinner, preparing food for someone else shows them how much you care.
- Go for a meal
Alternatively you could surprise someone with lunch out- (plus you both get tasty food in the process!)
- Take a day trip
For example, to a cafe they love or their favourite nearby city where you can explore together.
Gathering together pictures that you have with someone and creating a collage/memory book shows the person that you treasure the memories that you share with them.
- Go for a walk
In a busy world it seems like we never have time to spare, but taking an hour or two out of your day to spend with someone you love and to just talk is both calming and an opportunity to bond.
- Tell them you love them
The simplest gestures are often the most important; to sincerely tell someone how grateful you are for their presence in your life will make them realise how valued they are.
The world is changing, and women are continuing to rise. You’re living in a time where people are taking a stand against the norm and rewriting the rules that have long dictated how society should be run.
On a large scale: I encourage you to engage in the world and support the movement for positive change.
On a small scale: remember that the best women in life love and support other women.
By Kat Bennett
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