The word “feminist” connotes a certain amount of intellectual and historical baggage depending on who you’re talking to. I’ve always found myself avoiding the word altogether. I don’t consider myself one, nor do I find myself going along with the ideology that men are better than women in any way. My belief is that we are all people and that all people, no matter their gender, should be treated equally.
This month at WELL, we’re celebrating women in honour of Women’s History Month. Our hope is to shine a light on women we see in our community doing big and small things that are making an impact, inspiring change, and setting an example for younger generations.
As a mother to three daughters who are the future’s women, I’m always looking for opportunities to show them that they can do and be anything that their little hearts wish to be. Historically speaking, we know this hasn’t always been the case, but rather than whining about the past, perpetuating rivalry with, or blame on men I believe that the best action we can take as women is to follow our passions, believe in our worth, and most importantly support one another.
Instead of allowing ourselves to be jealous of other women who are succeeding and appear to be living their best life, let’s all agree to go to that launch party, buy something from that local business, and spread the word when you know someone who is doing something that they’ve put their heart and soul into. In the end it’s about leading by example, so that the next generation can carry the baton onwards. And year-on-year, through actions big and small, this is how the world changes for the better.
WELL, what are you waiting for, Woman!
Written exclusively for WELL, Magazine Asia by Emily Kelleher