I have to be honest, I've never really been that involved with IWD. It's passed me by every year and I've never seen a problem, probably because I've never stopped to think about it in detail. I guess that IS the problem, so many of us just accept how things are and see the status-quo as 'normal', so we think 'there's no issue'.
I can categorically say, that over the last year I have been on the receiving end of direct discrimination because of my gender - both in the music industry but also in the day-job that I do (to get money in so I can continue to be in the music industry!). It is STILL a problem even in 2018.
As a woman: I am often not taken seriously. I have to go above and beyond to get people's respect. I have to work twice as hard as any man, in work or in music, to get people to pay attention to what I'm doing. I have been turned down for things because of what I look like. I am turned down for things because I am of an age where I might have a child. I have been sexually abused at work. People have treated me like I am unintelligent, and that my opinion means nothing. Those same people have been shocked when I have proven them wrong. #metoo #enoughisenough
I'm not saying this as a made up rant, I'm saying this because IT IS THE TRUTH.
Men still reign supreme over many industries, especially music - it's an old boys club where if you don't fit in to what they expect a woman to do, or what they want you to look like, then you're not worth their time (see my previous Women In Music post.) It's celebrated when a lowly woman is able to write music, produce music, gets a record deal, be a boss - like it's something out of the normal. Like its an amzing thing that woman have been allowed to do this. Why is it celebrated, why isn't it just NORMAL? ...And don't get me started on how little the media help!!
So, when you sit down and think 'international women's day isn't needed' or 'I don't know what all the fuss is about - we have equality' just take a second to think, really think, about whether that is the case.
It's time to push for this to end.
Thanks for reading, I'd please encourage you to comment and share this post with everyone who needs to read it, every woman who feels like they're struggling on their own and, well - just talk about it.