On this International Women’s day let’s celebrate womanhood. Let’s recognise the average woman and not just the achievers.

Today is International Women’s Day – a day where the world celebrates the achievements of women in every field. Social media is abuzz on March 8th every wishing and sharing accolades for women across the world. Celebrate womanhood, not just the medals and honors – we often forget the average women who work tirelessly every day.

Today my Twitter and Facebook timelines are filled with Happy Women’s day messages where everyone is busy writing about how women are ‘shakti’, they are wiser, they are beautiful and all that. Okay I get it, it’s a day where you make women feel good – not sure if that remains the same throughout the year. Because it is again the women who are dealing with issues like gender equality, disparity in pay, abuse and what not. How exactly are you celebrating this day? Getting gifts? Making your husband or male colleagues treat you special today? Celebrate Womanhood – being a woman is just great.

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Celebrate Womanhood – What is the Average Woman doing today?

“Women Hold up Half the Sky”

There is nothing special happening today for an average woman – she is still braving the traffic and reaching her work, having a normal work day (may be with some candles or chocolates, thanks to HR dept). Moms are working on auto-pilot getting the kids ready for school, making breakfast, getting ready for work. There’s no change in an average woman’s duties.

She is juggling her family life, housework, corporate jobs like every other day. And who knows she will be the one who might have to hear “you are always leaving early” or “you are lacking the zeal” at the appraisal meeting scheduled later this month.

Women have achieved great feats in this world but being a woman is still a daily struggle to hold that fort. You have many powerful women CEOs like Indra Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Arundhati Bhattacharya, yet you have a large number of women who are finding it difficult to come back to work life after having taken a break for a baby.

Celebrate Womanhood – let’s not judge a woman if she is a stay at home mom, or if she is taking a break after having a baby. Because she is helping raising a new generation.

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“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” —Sheryl Sandberg

Respect a Woman and her time and efforts

While the world is turning pink today and every business is trying to lure you with the ‘Women’s Day Special Offer’ there’s no change in the lives of women like your house help, the woman cab driver, the woman who sells vegetables at the market. They probably don’t even know what this International Women’s Day is!

Celebrate Womanhood – respect a woman and her and efforts that she put in making your life easier. Not just today, but regularly. I happened to ask my house help to skip turning up in the evening!

Celebrating Womanhood – Rise up by raising others

It is not just men in the society who has different names for woman. Most of the times it’s a woman who makes life of another woman difficult. Sometimes your female boss can turn the heat up or the mom-in-laws and aunties have a plethora of complaints against you. But why? Dear woman of today, learn from what you are watching around you and promise yourself you will raise your son well who will treat a girl well. Also when you become a mom-in-law yourself, treat the girl well, make a new daughter.

“A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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So how has been your women’s day? Did you celebrate womanhood today?

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19 Comments on Celebrate Womanhood – Happy Women’s Day

  1. Deepika
    March 13, 2019 at 9:24 am (1 week ago)

    Wow! You raise a very relevant topic. Totally agree! Please don’t judge a mother, a wife and especially a human being who is sacrificing her all to raise the next generation. Respect all the women! I totally loved it. Worth reading.

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  2. Being Amna
    March 13, 2019 at 11:16 pm (1 week ago)

    WoW! WoW! WoW!👏👏👏👏
    This is such a heart touching article and how beautifully written in simple words you wrote the complete story of every woman’s heart..

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  3. Sakshi@tripleamommy
    March 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm (7 days ago)

    Well written. I truly agree that it is the everyday woman who needs recognition, support and encouragement. I have decided to cover 9 such women in my women’s day series celebrating their achievements.

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  4. Alpana Deo
    March 15, 2019 at 12:39 am (6 days ago)

    Rise up by rising others..very thoughtful Tina. Until she start respecting herself, no one is going to understand her worth.

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  5. Vartika Gakhar
    March 15, 2019 at 1:16 am (6 days ago)

    How true, Tina. We are reminded just one day in a year that we are worthy of respect and rest of the days we are just judged. We need to start taking stand for ourselves – it’s high time.

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  6. Noor Anand Chawla
    March 15, 2019 at 2:32 pm (6 days ago)

    Happy Women’s Day to you too! I really enjoyed your post 🙂

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  7. Charu
    March 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm (6 days ago)

    Wonderfully written! I had an average day on Woman’s Day and probably that’s how I celebrated.

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  8. Princy Khurana
    March 15, 2019 at 7:07 pm (5 days ago)

    a woman who stands in the way of other women, need to understand that when we lift each other up, we all grow together. I hope the world sees the truth. well written.
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  9. Anahita Irani
    March 15, 2019 at 9:45 pm (5 days ago)

    Such a beautiful post, you have covered the topic in a very thought provoking manner. Shared it with my Mom and sister too.

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  10. Ruchi Verma
    March 15, 2019 at 10:56 pm (5 days ago)

    I too agree that woman needs to get recognized and appreciated daily … God’s beautiful creature is Woman and has nowhere less in achieving new heights!!

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  11. Dipika
    March 15, 2019 at 11:06 pm (5 days ago)

    Women are the core of this whole society, it won’t be excessive if I call ourselves as axis of humankind. We definitely got the due slowly but yes more need to be done.

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  12. Varsh
    March 16, 2019 at 7:50 am (5 days ago)

    The world can do better than try to sell us discounted merchandise on Women’s Day and make us feel good. Women must hold hands and stand together for each other and rise up from every prejudice.

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  13. Sharvari
    March 16, 2019 at 6:23 pm (4 days ago)

    Absolutelu lets not judge a woman and let her be. Women’s day should be a celebration of womanhood and various roles she plays and how she balances it all.

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  14. Surbhi Mahobia
    March 16, 2019 at 11:21 pm (4 days ago)

    It truly is a sad truth that no matter how much a woman is educated or experienced, it’s still tough for her to get back to work after a career break.

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  15. NIHARIKA CHATTERJEE
    March 17, 2019 at 7:41 am (4 days ago)

    Loved the post…Its true we are the average women.Love the quote, it was my take away from this post
    “A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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  16. Roma
    March 17, 2019 at 8:36 am (4 days ago)

    I firmly believe in what you said Tina, it’s the judgement from each and everyone which pulls a woman down.

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  17. Sayeri
    March 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm (3 days ago)

    Women needs RESPECT only nothing else. Job, family, responsibility, raising a baby nothing is easy even people dont know how much pressure we take everyday. But thats not the issue what I feel is, Women needs respect both from men and other women.

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  18. Jhilmil D Saha
    March 18, 2019 at 11:45 am (3 days ago)

    Such a beautiful post on celebrating women.. Really, heart-touching. Very well said.

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