I found an excerpt from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for International Women's Day 2016:
“We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers,”
I love the imagery of a carpet made of glistening fragments from glass ceilings. Pretty powerful stuff.
I suppose it's obvious (and inevitable) to honor some of the big names that commonly come up when we think of feminism or International Women's Day. But personally, I prefer to think of some of the less flashy personalities. My mom and sister, for example. (This is probably as a direct result of being a mother of a baby girl and the pressure I feel to be a good example to her.)
Just about every woman I know moves small mountains on a daily basis. I guess what sets the "average people" apart is that they don't necessarily think they're doing something momentous. As far as they know, they're just getting on with their day-to-day lives.
The path to shattering glass ceilings was most definitely bulldozed by the headliners we all know but I believe there were a lot of tiny hammers out there who didn't necessarily start a revolution, but slowly and almost imperceptibly caused shifts in our culture that allowed for the sweeping movements.
Regular readers of this blog know that we have the weekly Unbuttoned With and Monday Muse series where we feature and interview a "real person" who has done something inspiring. Maybe she's founded a company or a charity or just discovered a way to make life a bit easier for the rest of us.
I'm sure once you look around, you're also surrounded by your own Muses. Let's take the next 24 hours to celebrate them!
Also, the UN has put together this very cool timeline of women in history. Take five minutes and check it out when you get a chance. And have a wonderful Women's Day, ladies!