Will you wear purple?

The 8th of March has finally arrived: International Women’s Day. Each year we are given a special day to leave our homes wearing purple from head to toe. We are given a day to stand by each other, and to continue our fight for equality–together. 

Besides being my favorite colour, purple signifies power, ambition, independence, and when we all fashionably sport purple, it can represent unification. 

I wear my purple for the single mom with a 3-year old son, for the female STEM students outnumbered by their male colleagues, for my female family and friends, and for the future generations. I am representing all of us.

It’s only one day

Even though the 8th of March happens once a year, this is our opportunity to demonstrate to the world our strengths and persistent efforts for equality. This is not the only day that we display this, but it is the day that we set an example for the next 364 days. On this day, despite our political or socio-economical differences, or cultural backgrounds, this is the one day that half the world’s population is given the spotlight to demonstrate what our expectations will be until the next year. 

We must set this example together; it must reflect women from all cultures and parts of the world.  

Standing together 

When we are united, our forces become stronger; our voices are louder; our demands are respected more; and, most importantly, this will bring us closer to achieving equality together. There is a catch though. In order for us, women, to expect equality from society, we must treat each other equally. We must unite, respect, and appreciate our uniqueness.

This is the day to continue lifting up our fellow females, praise the females that are breaking glass ceilings, congratulate females on their second child, say thank you to all the wonderful women in our lives, and to stand united. Once we have joined together, then will we see the effects of empowerment. One empowered woman is a force to be reckoned with, but thousands could make us unstoppable.

Having Philia 

The Philia Project has fostered an environment that enables and encourages us women to work together. Philia has shown that we may have different voices and different demands and that each of those concerns is worthy of being heard. Philia allows us to connect and forge new friendships on the basis of equality, respect, and trust.

Will you stand with me?

Today I stand with women on the right and the left of the political spectrum, black, brown, white–all women from every background. I do this because I understand that we must unite to overcome the imbalanced power society has placed upon women. 

So, let’s go, let’s make that spotlight purple and inundate our streets with purple empowerment! And don’t forget, purple doesn’t discriminate between sexes!

Becky Judeh

Becky Judeh

Becky Judeh is an educator living in Lisbon, Portugal. Originally from the United States, Becky has spent the past few years living abroad in Europe.