Today we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD); a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Although there are thousands – even millions – of women all over the globe worthy of recognition and praise I would like to bring a little attention the number one woman who has impacted my life for as many years as I can remember: my mom!
Before we get into too much discussion about my mom, let’s talk a bit about IWD 2017. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, it encourages individuals, groups and communities to take action towards building a better world for women and girls all over the globe. My #BeBoldForChange for 2017 centres around supporting women’s advancement by supporting business owned and/or operated by women. Go to their website to pick out what your #BeBoldForChange action is going to be!
Canada’s theme for IWD 2017 is "Equality Matters"; seeking to recognize women’s achievements while acknowledging the challenges that women continue to face in the quest gender equality. If you want to check out the IWD page you can learn about events happening in your area and the Government of Canada page to get the facts so you can help bust some myths about gender inequality in Canada (because although we think we are doing a pretty good job here in the great white north, there is still a lot of work to be done).
Now to the main event: my mom! The woman who, at the young age of 26, took on three hyperactive, non-English speaking kids – one of which ate dirt and two who spent most of their time running around naked (I’m going to try and let you guess which kid was which). There were endless fights, tears, and a cake for every occasion.
Now I know this probably sounds more than a little bit cheesy, but it’s true. My mom has been one the biggest influences in my life; and as a woman who ran a business while raising four kids, I want to give her props for that!
Although no one will be giving her an award, I think she definitely deserves one for putting up with us for all these years! My mom has been the rock that has kept our family together through some freaking crazy-hard times. She ran a business, raised us kids, and dealt with more than one tragedy along the way; and managed to do it all with patience and grace.
So let’s celebrate the women of the world: the stay at home moms, the business women, the working moms, all of them! Women have come a long way, yet there is still more work to be done!
Is there a woman in your life that deserve a little love and acknowledgement today?
I'm a doula and nurse who is passionate about creating happy and healthy moms, babies and families. Currently living in Guelph, Ontario while breaking into the world of business and enjoying the four beautiful (and often very crazy) boys in my life.