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NvN: Big Day Tomorrow!

On the eve of both International Women’s Day, and A Day Without A Woman, we wanted to offer the definition of feminism that we adhere to here at The Woodsy, offered by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on September 20, 2014:

For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

So, it’s with this definition in mind that we’re recognizing International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” Yep, we can absolutely get behind that.

A Day Without A Woman, or The Women’s Strike, however, is slightly more complicated, with a major point of contention being the idea that only privileged women have the ability to forego regular work and responsibilities to participate (although, it should be noted that there are ways to participate that don’t involve traditional striking or skipping work). But to once again quote Emma Watson, “feminism is about giving women a choice.” We’re in full support of women participating, opting not to participate, or choosing to participate in whatever way they’re comfortable. Basically, you do you, fellow women.

In our realm, we’re all for bringing more awareness to women’s issues and women’s needs. So, we’re opting to show our support for International Women’s Day, for the spirit of A Day Without a Woman, for all participants and really, all women, by holding off on all new posts tomorrow, both on the site and on our social channels. Admittedly, it’s a small gesture, but in the immortal words of the amazing Michelle Obama, “you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once. But don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.”

We’re looking forward to coming back full-throttle on Thursday, when, as always, there will still be plenty to learn and unpack about feminism.

In the meantime, please enjoy one of our favorite feminists (Leslie Knope) in her element:

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