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8th March 2017 – International Women’s Day

This is a slightly belated repost from Facebook but we thought it was pertinent and still worth sharing!

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.- Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a black writer, feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. Quote taken from her essay “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” in Sister Outside.

Today is an important day to celebrate the achievements and victories of female-identifying folk from all walks of life. Not because they are our mothers, partners, daughters or sisters, but because they are unique individuals. They must be heard. They (as do we all) deserve respect and compassion.

Today should not be about affirming the gender binary and the many prejudices, uncomely ‘traditions’ and assumptions that have taken up space between the two opposed markers.

Today is not about questioning whether this day has a reason or a place to be in the 21st century. (Of course it does.)

Today should be about recognising the diversity and breadth of experience lived by female-identifying folk.

Today should not be about pigeonholing “the female experience”.

Today should be about learning from those who have spoken and shared their experience.

Today should be about giving those who have not yet done so an opportunity to try and a platform where they can be heard.

What better way to do so than picking up and reading a book?

Do it.
I dare you.

P.S Psssst. You could start with the Nasty Women collection published by a fellow start-up – 404Ink. Available here.

Yours sincerely,
Nathaniel

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