By Erin Treloar
It means being the boss, playing the lead, making cash, calling the shots. But still not being paid equally.
It means birthing at home, birthing at a hospital, birthing with a chance in North America but 830 women in developing countries die every day from maternal causes. Far too many.
It means staying at home with your baby, working with your baby, juggling both. Mat leave. No mat leave. Not a long enough mat leave.
It means you can wear a dress, or pants or barely anything at all. If you wear it on a red carpet though, you will be judged. Hell, you’ll be judged regardless of where you are. Because what you wear still means too much.
It means we’re still at war with our bodies. But there has been a shift in the conversation and we’re fighting to love them again.
It means rape is still a thing far too many women blame themselves for. 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted in their life. Wtf.
It means having a voice when it comes to purchasing decisions. As a result, it means companies are paying attention to what we want. We have buying power. Power to influence how products are made, and by who, and how. Don’t think that doesn’t matter.
It means little girls can dream of becoming anything they want when they grow up. Because we are setting the stage by diversifying the roles we take in the workplace every day. And doing a damn good job at them.
Being a woman in 2016 means we are a stepping stone for the next generation and with that comes so much responsibility.
Keep fighting the fight and caring about the things that matter.
Change is happening.