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It's #InternationalWomensDay!

I wrote a post a few years ago on International Women's Day that we're bringing back today with a few updates because, why not repurpose old content, right?

I am probably part of the vast majority that think that this should be a celebration spanning 365 (or rather, 366 when that pesky Leap Year comes around) days rather than splitting the bill with National Peanut Cluster Day, but there's probably that one person who says we're lucky enough to have a day at all. Sigh. But today isn't about them! Well, not entirely. It's somewhat about proving them wrong, but mostly about how kick-ass women are.

I'm not sure if other people think about this as frequently as I do, but sometimes I stop thinking about Niall Horan for .2 seconds and instead replace those thoughts with the sudden realization of how many awesome women I'm surrounded by on a daily basis. I mean, I live in New York City and work in a predominantly female office and that's just barely scratching the surface of who I encounter every day and what I learn and experience.

There are multiple facets to feminism, I believe. I don't want to say that there are right and wrong ways to support the feminist cause, but I think it's extremely important to understand that picking and choosing who and what you support isn't exactly an option. We must support each other, no matter what: no matter our skin color, no matter the body we were born in, no matter our disabilities, no matter our occupations, no matter our sexual preferences, no matter what we decide to post about ourselves on the internet, no matter what.

#GirlPower is sweet and adorable, but cannot be absent in time when women need us the most, when there are such harsh consequences to being a female in other countries, even in our own country. The disparity between women in entertainment and the workplace is entirely all too real, but so is the way that women of color are treated unjustly and portrayed in the media, how transgender women are constantly belittled and treated as less than (or worse, not treated as women at all), and how there are places where women's rights might as well be nonexistent.

Feminism is not an exclusive club or "squad." It is an all-inclusive movement fighting toward equality, not misandry. Feminists do not hate men, they do not think that females are the superior species; feminists want equality for all, no matter what, without double standards or crimes against females strictly for being female or denying advances. It is a movement toward getting the same treatment for women of color, women of various sexual orientations, trans-women, and anything in-between.

Today is the day to celebrate all women and their accomplishments, even if that accomplishment is merely living in a society with an unjust system. Happy International Women's Day to all. I hope it's the absolute best.


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