I like being a woman. But I find it frustrating that I am treated differently because I am of the ‘female persuasion.’ I can site MANY examples of this, but I’d like to share the most recent incident.
Last night, I was on the phone with my cellular provider (such a joy) being guided in how to reset my phone. This is not hard to fix. It involved pressing buttons. Now, I am not the most tech savvy individual on the planet, but I can press a button and I can most certainly press three buttons at the same time. But my mobile wouldn’t respond. After extensive button pressing and being put on hold multiple times—I was asked, “Is there someone at your home who can press the buttons for you?”
Are you kidding me? Thank you for your help and for making me feel like a complete idiot. As it turns, my phone just needed a break from all the button pushing and I got it sorted out all by myself thank you very much.
I can appreciate this experience is minor on the frustration spectrum, but comments that undermine a woman’s competency happen all the time. And, I like most women, can site multiple examples of harassment both in and out of the work place. But I am fortunate that my experiences have not left me traumatized. Whereas, there are many women who have not been so lucky—they live in fear, have been victimized in unimaginable ways and continue to be daily.
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge all the woman who are suffering—may you find the strength and continue to be brave in your struggle to survive. I’d also like to say a special thanks to all the women and men who are embracing feminism. And, thank you to those who are pushing the boundaries for equality and celebrating our differences rather than undermining the way women are valued.
I am inspired by all the events being held in Canada and globally to commemorate International Women’s Day. I’d like to dedicate this post to all women and wish you a Happy Woman’s Day!