Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Since you won’t remember much about it, let me tell you we will celebrate by reflecting on the achievements of great women who have come before us, by pledging to stand up and defend the rights of women and by eating cupcakes for morning tea. Because, you know, cupcakes rock.
And now, since I’m your mother, let me pass on two bits of critical advice about being a woman.
1. Think before perming your hair. I ended up looking like a cross between Jon Bon Jovi and Tootsie.
2. Never date a man who has Cher tunes on his iPod.
So what else do I hope for you?
When you get your first part-time job I hope you’re never told (the way I was) that you are not allowed to wear trousers. (Yes, this did actually happen to me. And it was despite the fact, my job entailed climbing up and down a ladder to retrieve stock.)
Don’t play dumb. Not to make a guy feel better. Not to fit in with your friends. And if in Maths class you know the answer – put your damn hand up.
Love your thighs. Know that your breast size has no relevance to your IQ.
Should you choose one day to have a baby yourself, may you never have to hide your pregnancy from your employer while you strategise ways to break the news to your boss.
Be the boss, instead.
Be a good friend and work colleague. Females at work and at school are their own worst enemies thanks to relational bullying, bitchiness and gossip. Don’t be one of the mean girls. You’ll hate yourself for it.