Today is the 8th of March. It’s a special day in many countries throughout the world because it marks International Women’s Day. This day was set aside in 1975 by the United Nations to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life. It’s a time to celebrate the change that has been made thus far, and a day to help bring attention to all of the progress that still needs to be made.
Each year there is a theme that accompanies the day’s celebrations and demonstrations and the theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress. There are so many things we can discuss, and some may be even more important than others. I believe in making drastic changes but I also believe that if everyone adds their own little grain of sand we can all make a difference. My little grain of sand for International Women’s Day 2018 comes down to something that we all do daily – decide what to wear.
Women have long been the subject of judgement based on their attire. Our clothing is an expression of ourselves. It’s an expression of our thoughts, our emotions, our lifestyle, and even our ambitions. I suppose we can say that it’s more than just an expression of ourselves, but also a revelation of what we want to portray on that specific moment.
some of my current fashion favourites
Throughout history, we have used our attire to help us shake off the control from patriarchal society and take control of our lives. In the 50’s we were housewives and mothers who were making our transition from ruling our abode to taking on more responsibilities outside the home. The 60’s saw us making our skirts shorter and shorter. By emancipating ourselves from our clothes we emancipated ourselves from the sexual constraints that were placed upon us.
The 70’s became our playground socially, professionally, and personally, whilst the 1980’s gave us pantsuits and shoulder pads that became our armour to face take on the boardroom and assert our dominance in that field. Fast forward to present day and our clothing is a definition of who we are and who we want to be.
We are not any one thing. You can’t slut shame us because we are wearing a revealing outfit. You also don’t have the right to call us submissive and assume that we are content with being subjected to abuse and control because of our modest attire. We are not one thing. We are many things.
What we wear is an ever-evolving expression of who we are. Clothing doesn’t define us, it doesn’t constrict us – it liberates us. It gives us the power to be who we want to be and allows us to challenge gender norms. It lets US, as women, to define ourselves and ultimately what it is to be a woman.