I want to take this moment to talk about March 8th, - the International Women's Day and how it came to life. Women have been fighting for their rights since Adam y Eva ( if you believe in that story/ or are religious) or since the era of colonization in the United States (1400's). I'm pretty sure that Women before that era like the Medieval times were trying to become their own person/ individuals, but I'm not much of an expert of the Medieval times or the Middle Ages so I'm going to talk about the 1400's and forward.
To talk about this day we need to think about Women.
When we think of a woman, what are so words that pop into our minds? Personally, since I've been raised to think of things Westernized, I think of "fragile, ama de casa, housewife, sweet, caring, the one who makes the food for the family, who does things around the house (laundry, clean, wash dishes, etc.)." Those ideas/conceptions have been around since the 1400's and even before that. These Westernized/ European customs were brought to the Americas (North and Latin America) and they had to be followed in order to be seen as "civilized" or "progressive."
As times passed, WOMEN started to take on other roles like becoming nurses during the WWI and WWII. They began to see how they can make a change and help others. They craved the idea of a superwoman; someone who can save the world or help heal these wounded soldiers. They desired to create other identities for themselves.
"German Red Cross Nurses during WWI 1915"
"WWII Nurses of the US Army 51st Field Hospital of the 1st Army"
After WWII ended, these roles were stripped away from them in order to serve their husbands and go back to the way life was before the begin of these wars.
These women were not for it at all.
They saw how their help created change. They yearned for that change, but they lived in a patriarchal machista society.
S/o to all the women who did not conform to this patriarchal society and did everything in their power to diversify this society by protesting, striking, and marching.
- I just want everyone to realize that the women voice is powerful.
"I love women. Cause without women. Wouldn't none of us n****s would be breathin'" (J Cole's verse in Pray).
The first documentation of Women standing up for their rights was February 28, 1909 in New York. This day was called "National Women's Day," which was organized by the Socialist Party of America.
Women from a variety of countries were inspired - Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland. March 19, 1911 was the first time that International Women's Day was initiated by these women.
March 8th, 1914 - the first time that International Women's Day was held in ALL COUNTRIES / en todos los paises.
Starting in 2010 or 2011, IWD has had themes like Empowering rural women, ending violence against women, equality for women, women in the work environments, and other themes that affect the everyday woman.
I feel like now, in 2018, when one thinks about a woman, it isn't this stereotypical view. When I think of a woman, I think hard-working, intelligent, powerful, strong, and multifaceted. I love how feminism is strongly supported by all types of people.
I'm Latina and I try to find other Latinas that I can identify with through their ideas and thoughts. Here are some inspirational Latinas that I strive to be like in the near future:
Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995)
Celia Cruz (1925-2003)
"Todo aquel que piense que la vida es desigual, tiene que saber que no es así, que la vida es una hermosura, hay que vivirla"
Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002)
"I was a radical, a revolutionist. I am still a revolutionist…I am glad I was in the Stonewall riot. I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, “My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here!"
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Claudia de la Cruz