It's easy to brush certain days under the carpet if it doesn't concern you, but International Women's Day should definitely concern us all. It's a wonderful time to celebrate the achievements of women (of which there are many) and those powerful females we love around us. It is also a fantastic time to continue to talk about the things that still make gender a sticky subject across the globe.

There are so many issues around the world that affect women, purely down to the fact they were born as a female. Whether this is a pay gap difference, workplace harassment or even being unable to get an education in your childhood because you are not deemed as worthy as a boy. Some awful, terrible things occur to women in patriarchal societies, and although we have made a difference in some countries in more recent years, there is so much yet to achieve.

A pink t-shirt with slogan 'Girls to the Front'

International Women's Day is a chance for us to celebrate women all over the world, those who continue to push boundaries, challenge stereotypes, keep fighting the patriarchy and those who educate and empower others. Feminism isn't a dirty word - it means we want EQUALITY for all women of any age, race or background. There is no conspiracy to take over the world or 'put men in their place' we literally just want to be taken seriously as a human, and be given the same rights as those who were born as a male.

Although tomorrow is a definitive day of the year to talk about women (and why we are just as great!) these conversations are going to be had over and over again, until we are all heard and understood.

I thought it would be nice to share some wonderful things happening, or that have happened, for women which are worth celebrating, both tomorrow and onwards. I hope you all have a fantastic day appreciating all the females in your lives!

It's the centenary of women getting the vote...

100 years ago, the Representation of the People Act was introduced which meant some women were finally allowed to vote. This was a huge stride for gender equality and one absolutely worth celebrating. However, let's remember that there were a lot of terms and conditions and not all women were enfranchised and this happened at a far later date.

Across the world, women still don't have the freedom that many of us in the UK do have, in regards to politics, money, education and opportunities. Number 5 on the Global Goals website is to aim for gender equality, have a read and see how you can help make a difference in supporting their aims.

We get beer, and it's pink?!

A little more of a light-hearted event, but still a powerful cause; BrewDog have introduced a new PINK (not punk, geddit?) IPA in order to make their customers aware of the gender pay gap which - surprise, surprise to some - still exists.

Not only is it pink (because y'know, women love that shit) 20% of the profits are going to go to different women's charities. This is causing some controversy online (because y'know, Twitter loves that shit) but I think it's a brilliant idea.


Because it's going to piss off a lot of people and get them talking about it. They have actively stated they don't agree with the usual 'only men drink beer' lark, particularly when it comes to advertising and all is clearly done in satire. Also, anyone who identifies as female can get this beer 20% cheaper than the usual over the next few weeks - see you at the bar, gals.

Girls Who Lift (and want to Eat)

Online influencers in particular are inspiring a whole new generation of women to feel comfortable in the weights space of a gym, which has usually been a male dominated environment until recently. There's now so many options for female workout classes and clubs in this country and beyond, where you can feel safe, welcome and inspired.

Despite the normal media bias, online we can be encouraged to do things like work out, eat less, eat more, sleep more, for our own health and happiness, rather than because we are told we need to meet certain beauty standards. All body shapes and sizes are being discussed and we are more open to talking about eating disorders, mental health issues and insecurities.

Here's to becoming more educated on these issues for all women (and men) in the future.
A few sites to check out include: Girl Gains, This Girl Can, BodyPosiPanda and Women's Health.

#MeToo and #TimesUp

It's not okay for anybody to be taken advantage of, or bullied, or undermined, or assaulted in their lives or career. It's certainly not okay for these things to occur because of their gender.

These two huge campaigns have been talked about globally very recently (read more about them both here - MeToo and TimesUp) and it has opened up a whole new era for women to know it's okay to speak up about abuse. There used to be, and unfortunately still is, a stigma of shame regarding those who have been abused or assaulted. No matter what happens and who is involved, it is always okay to ask for help and shame should play no part.

If you are going through a tough time, regardless of your gender, please know there is a place to speak out. Get in touch with someone - whether it be family, friends or one of the following helplines - to get some advice: