By Ruth Ankeres
I have always been concerned with global issues on a personal scale.
The way one feels when they wake up in the morning, and the way they feel when they go to bed at night.
Feminism is that. Equality is that.
It is the human, painful, feeling, every morning and every night, no matter how big or small, that somehow “It’s not fair”.
And it isn’t.
Amazing women and men all over the world are fighting to put this right. Going out into the world and doing amazing things to ease some of those feelings, to lift some of the weight for us.
Women and men worldwide are making speeches which are demanding change. Intelligent, thought-provoking pleas which beg for understanding.
And here I am, not there, feeling just the same, but not having a platform to voice it.
And here you are, reading this article and feeling the same?
What can we do? How can we feel like we are part of this? How can we wake up every morning knowing we are not complacent, that we are doing something towards the cause, to make a difference? If all of these wonderful men and women are making changes and all of this oppression isn’t going away, where do we fit in?
Are you ready?
Be the change every day. Wake up every day and be the change.
Change starts here. Today. Right now.
Change is defending the woman breastfeeding on the bus. (Well done her!)
Change is defending the girl who is getting wolf whistled.
Change is defending your mother who is being spoken to like a fool.
Change is holding your best friend’s hand in a green and grey abortion clinic.
Change is telling your boss he is wrong and his actions are unjust (Even though he is your boss).
Change is talking about it and challenging it and making other people aware (even if it’s only in the pub, or over dinner to begin with) You have to start somewhere!
In a nutshell: t’s waking up. Waking up and seeing that you have the power to step in, you have the power to make sure every day, that our rights aren’t stolen.
It happening everywhere and until we see the smoke and we do something about it, we will never put out the fire.
Feminism boils down to something so simple, it’s so ancient that it’s a wonder we even need to write about it, to pick it apart, to make speeches to “important people,” to “intelligent people”.
Feminism is this: Treat other people as you would wish to be treated.
It’s not all that complex is it?
There is no longer any good enough excuse.
Wake up every day and defend that, in the same way women have been doing for years, decades. Wake up and make it your duty to defend that, because it needs defending. It’s not going to go away by itself.
Opposition won’t respond to violence, they won’t respond to words, they won’t respond to seeing criminal things happening before their very eyes?
So, let’s go back to basics. For all of you who can’t understand this?
We will do what we do with our children; we will do just as our teachers have done for us: we will show you. We will show you how to behave. We will show you how to treat each other. We will set an example, for everyone. And then maybe you will see that in practice it isn’t hard. It isn’t scary.
It’s just fair.
About the Author
Ruth Ankers is a Drama and Applied Theatre Practitioner and Teacher. Although this is her first publication she has been writing for years. She favours writing poetry and short plays. Ruth is a firm believer in equality of gender and is really exited to be writing for Gender in the City!
Image credit: Hannah Barczyk