Today is the International Women’s Day and I saw it because Google decided to honor women with a Doodle on the homepage. They do it every year, but honestly this time I find it very smart. Let me explain.
Knowing the Past to Shape the Future
They decided to celebrate 13 remarkable women from history, but through a grandmother reading a bedtime story to a little girl: it’s about transmission, each of these 13 women has a voice that comes from the past to help this little girl build a better future.
I also liked the fact that many of these women are not so famous: it gives us a chance to know more about their contribution and to understand that diversity is a strength, not a threat.
This is of special importance for me, considering my core values: it is our moral responsibility to help people who need it most, day after day, and especially at Women’s Day. Some women suffer more than others. Don’t get me wrong, I have a profound respect for all women in all countries who fight for their rights. I just want to underline the fact that in many countries, women fight for their basic needs, basic as in Maslow’s hierarchy: physiological needs and safety needs come first.
Women’s Day, How Could I help?
The big question that always comes after such statement is: OK, how do you do that? How could you help women who live in countries you don’t even know the name of!
Well, good question…
If you are Google, you can reach millions of people with your Doodle.
If you are Mike Budd, it’s harder 🙂 Let’s try anyway.
- You can write a blog post 🙂
- You can link to a heart touching video:
- You can be humble and try to change small things around you, taking any opportunity to make things better for all women in your life, in your family, in your job, in your community. Every little bit helps!
- You can also try to support in a different way. That’s what I did a few years ago, I decided to do something very personal, and frankly, even a bit embarrassing: a poem! Yes, it might sound weird or ridiculous, but at that moment, I felt that it was the right thing to do. I remember I posted it on another blog I had at that time, meant for personal stuff like that, but finally I had no time to maintain 2 blogs. But I have kept the poem in my archives 🙂
So here it is — and please don’t laugh, because it came from the bottom of my heart 🙂
It’s sad but true,
I never wrote a poem in my life.
Today, my love, my dear wife,
I will do it for you.
And for all Sisters,
Daughters, Mothers and Wives,
Women happy with their lives,
Women who suffer.
Today is Women’s day,
Would make me laugh if I wasn’t crying,
I wish it could be every day,
Be strong, for the times they are a-changin’.
To my wife and to all women 🙂