If you could paint a day purple, it would be the 8th of March. Why? It is because the international day of women claimed this day as its own in 1909. Women marched for a better life and for recognition on the streets.
66 years later, the United Nations finally took notice of this day and declared it officially as the day when women would be celebrated. Every year, the international day of women is used to reflect on the huge strides females have taken and to call for greater equality. With small strides, the women are getting closer. The international women’s day has been used to protest and march for more rights for women. From suffrage to the sexual discrimination that women face, change has become a possibility.
Women over the years have fought to destroy stereotypes and shatter the glass ceilings in industries. Coco Chanel is one of such women. Born in 1883 in France poverty, Chanel had to work her way up to success. She started with a shop in Paris selling clothing that suited women’s fashion needs. Then came along the perfume we all love, Chanel No. 5 which made her a lot of money. Chanel did not stop at this. She slowly began to change women’s fashion.
Many women struggle with men taken them seriously. But what better way can you get men to do this than changing the game you all play. Coco Chanel reinvented women’s fashion, giving us casual chic. Those corsets and large uncomfortable dresses disappeared because of her. She focused on creating clothes that would be functional and what women wanted to wear. She also built an empire making clothes and the iconic Chanel No5 perfume. Fancy having your name on the hottest perfume in the market.
Coco Chanel is our proof that women are and can be capable of world change. If you are doubting if changing women’s fashion is a big deal, think of it this way. It was not only about fashion, but also about how women were perceived. The corsets that forced women into the mold of looking just how men wanted.Women also were forced into thinking that discomfort was normal and their needs for comfortable clothing would never be fulfilled.
Chanel changed that she freed women from the burden called corsets. She then gave them choices, from the little black dress to the chic Chanel suits. Have you ever considered what a huge impact fashion has on our everyday life? Wearing what you want and what makes you happy was a huge step for equality.
Another international women’s day is around the corner. Remember it is a day to celebrate you, yes you beautiful woman. It is also a day where we speak out and fight for the change we need. For recognition and for equality. Remember to wear purple!