March 8th is International Women’s Day. The fight for equality continues. Equal pay for equal work is something we’ve enjoyed in Canada for a very long time. I was surprised to discover that it isn’t the same in other democratic countries. I was also surprised to encounter actual hate for women seeking Maternity Leave and Pay on Facebook in the USA. A country where a surprising number of people also think that Birth Control shouldn’t be easily available and a women’s right to choose is still under debate on a regular basis. So the struggle for equality continues.
One way to make strong women is to make strong girls through literacy. Reading and writing is like breathing. Reading is to take a breath in, while writing is to take a breath out. So support girls by celebrating Girls Write Now Day. Give girls the tools to write their own story and the inspiration to go forward with courage.
I find it amazing that both International Women’s Day and Girls Write Now Day are both celebrated on the same day as Commonwealth Day. In the modern world I wonder how much longer we will celebrate colonialism and the Commonwealth. The Modern Commonwealth has changed from being conquered countries under British Rule. The British Rule is being downgraded and it is now a group of countries that choose to join together. And the role of the Monarchy is also changing to that of a cherished figurehead.
I’ve been continuing my journey as a painter and painted Spring Fox yesterday. I’m looking forward to the ground breaking open with spring flowers all around us.