Women’s Day

I don’t want a day for women until our equal work is given equal pay.

I don’t want a day for women until no more little girls are forced into marriage, forced to obey their husbands, forced to endure beatings and abuse in the confines of their forced vows.

I don’t want a day for women until all women can choose to be educated without fear of being killed.

I don’t want a day for women until we can stop telling a woman she was raped because of what she wore, because she’d done it before, because she should please her husband, because she was asking for it.

I don’t want a day for women until women no longer have to play the game, smile, be told not to wear certain clothing or behave a certain way for fear of what will happen if we upset someone.

I don’t want a day for women while women are still scared…carrying their keys in their hands, going to the washroom together, feeling scared to be out alone, having to buy nail polish to see if their drink has been drugged.

I don’t want a day for women while trans women and gay women are still excluded, shamed, shunned,; laws and social norms oppressing them.

I don’t want a day for women until all women can rise up – every color, race, religion, creed, and stand as equals in this world.

I don’t want a day for women while subtleties exist to keep women down – diet culture, beauty culture.

I don’t want a day for women while we are denied proper health care and access to resources. When doctors don’t believe, don’t care, don’t treat because they think it’s all in her head.

I don’t want a day for women until we are no longer told we are too much or not enough.

I don’t want a day for women while everyone continues to see women as parts/objects, instead of whole people.

I don’t want a day for women until we can stand together and watch the patriarchy, toxic masculinity, misogyny be destroyed.

I don’t want a day for women until we can have equal rights – in every way, around the globe.

I don’t want a day for women until we are allowed to be women and celebrated everyday for who we are and what we bring to the planet.

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