Mum, why do we celebrate Women's Day?
Today, I ll talk to my son (10) about women, as “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women” (International Women's Day, official website). And as a starting point, I will ask him if he can name women that have made a difference in the world.
It is so great that women are celebrated in unison around the world on one particular day of the year. When we can reflect, thank and find inspiration from women around us that have made a difference in our lives, and remember women from the past, whose sacrifice and vision made a difference in improving women’s rights around the world.
Now more than ever, gender equality and the beliefs we raise our children with is at the core of modern society with parents making sure they raise their children; girls, and boys as equals. Traditional roles assigned to women in fairy tales as the princess that needs rescue, are now being challenged by books that empower young girls to be in charge of their own destiny.
Click here for some great book titles, “60 New Mighty Girl Books for Women's History Month” or
Take a look at some suggested titles from Suffolk Libraries
- "Get inspired with our top children's titles for International Women's Day "
- "Celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage with these top children's books"
- "Check out a highly recommended read from the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction longlist"
If your children ask, why do we celebrate Women’s day, here are some possible answers:
There have been women around the world who have made huge contributions but were not celebrated as much as men. Society valued their contribution as mothers and homemakers but men were expected to be make the bigger contributions in society.
Women face many challenges like having to juggle work and motherhood, (men have traditionally not been expected to juggle both)
Women can face some stereotypes, for instance, in a working environment an assertive woman can be called “bossy” or “rude”
Why not watch a movie together that promotes gender equality or shows women doing something fearless such Mulan, Matilda, Brave, Bend It Like Beckham or Queen of Katwe.
Happy International Women’s Day!