Happy IWD Belles! For those not in the know IWD stands for International Women’s Day – a day set aside to inspire and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women all over the world, past and present. This year the special cause of action is for parity #pledgeforparity.
To celebrate, I’ve chosen to share women who I admire for various different reasons. The list could be endless so I’ve narrowed it down to three…
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a Nigerian writer notable for penning pieces like Half of a Yellow Sun and my fave book of all time Americanah. You might also recognise her from Beyonce’s song Flawless where her speech from TEDx Talk was featured. ”We raise girls to see each other as competitors. Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing but for the attention of men.” On this particular International Women’s Day, I couldn’t find anyone more fitting to the call of action than Chimamanda. It doesn’t take a genius to know that gender equality and feminism are things she is passionate about. As a woman and a Nigerian myself, words can’t express how much I related to her words.
2. Beyonce – A controversial choice that many may not agree with – but wait let me explain why. As of last week, she wouldn’t have made this list however, following a very convincing argument with a friend, I changed my mind. I admire Beyonce, mainly for her work ethic. Who else with superstar status can you name me that can release an album without anyone knowing about it prior to its release? It must take a lot but who else is able to keep their personal life on the DL as well as she does. We STILL don’t know what took place in that elevator. She has been in the limelight for a very long time but we the public still know her for how she is. I wouldn’t dub myself a Stan just yet however, I listen to her songs and I dance to them and I admire her.
3. Akesha Reid – Blackhair readers may know her as the Editorial Assistant turned Acting Editor, but I know her as my friend. We only met once but thanks to social media we stay connected up until I started working at Blackhair last year. Akesha has made the list of women I admire because in her 24 years on earth, she has managed to achieve so much. Straight out of university, she landed a role as an editorial assistant. Some might call that luck but to me she is a testimony that hardwork really does pays off. She knew what she wanted and she worked towards getting it. Although, I’m older than her, that doesn’t stop me from admiring her. I respect her as a colleague, a boss and a friend.
On this International Women’s Day and beyond, We ask our readers to pledge to do any of the following
- Help women and girls achieve their ambitions
- Challenge conscious and unconscious bias
- Call for gender-balanced leaderships
- Value women and men’s contributions equally
- Create inclusive, flexible cultures.
Simply visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com and make your pledge.