Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme for this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter.
To me, feminism is about tearing down the gender norms and stereotypes that divide us and marginalize people who don’t fit into certain boxes. This is not about sameness, because we are all unique, although as human beings there is more that unites us than divides us. It’s about our merit being assessed based on who we are, not what’s between our legs.
In my mind #BalanceforBetter is about having the same opportunities available to us regardless of gender. Where we choose to go in pursuing those opportunities will reflect our own unique selves, but it should not be dictated by stereotypes.
Whether we’re talking about mental illness, other disabilities, or gender, we all deserve not to be constrained by the labels people choose to apply to us. Instead, we deserve to be recognized as the amazing individuals that we all are.