By: Linda Chang
International Women’s Day, known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, is held annually on March 8th, to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.
This is a day that no matter the age, ethnic background, religious preference, and educational level, all women around the world can take a giant step together and create meaningful and sustainable change for women and girls.
When I try to imagine the future, I am optimistic because I see women demanding information and opportunities in the face of social norms that say they're not permitted to do so. The role of women as community builders, the contributions of women to society in different fields, and the challenges that they encounter, have made women realize their full potential, and has encouraged them to fulfill this potential.
Women are a diverse group; the roles they play as well as their characteristics, such as, age, social status, urban or rural orientation, and educational attainment. Although women may have many interests in common, the fabric of their lives and the choices available to them may vary widely. As a result, I want to send out my appreciation to all Asian Pacific American women.
I appreciate them being so brave. I appreciate them for being so strong. I appreciate them for just being so passionate and awesome. And I really appreciate those who dare to stand up and break the silence—whether she is the girl who stands out and voices the demand for control of her reproductive health, or the woman advocating and promoting Asian Pacific American justice, or those who are becoming strong and fighting for their own fates. APA women are no longer insubstantial, we have become advocates and activists, political figures, business owners, educators, workers, volunteers, students, and much more, and they are changing the unfair social rules.
I want to say thank you to all Asian Pacific American women for being so brave! Thank you for a passion of selfless devotion and a positive energy of making change. I appreciate your power that inspires and helps all of us stand up for equality, for justice, for change, and for the future!