The 8th of march marks International women's day. Although many hate the word Feminism due to the rise in women's equality in recent years international women's day is still Important. It marks how far women's rights have come and what still needs to be done.

Why do people hate the word Feminism?

The word feminism has almost become a dirty word in recent years due to extreme feminist beliefs and ideals. But as Emma Watson has pointed out feminism by definition is the equality of both men and women, it stops us seeing each other a specific gender of male or female but puts gender on a scale allowing both sides to express their feelings and beliefs equally.

Feminism, however, is now seen as an extremist word for women who believe that women should be recognised more than, men. However, feminism is the equality of both sexes and a true feminist recognises how far the advancement of women's rights have come and what still needs to be achieved.

Why international women's day is important?

This year International Women's Day is marking another women's political protest against new Presenting Donald Trump. Many women across America are choosing to boycott work for the day as well as participating in marches. Many women, however, can not do this and have chosen to wear the colour red to show their support. The weekend will no doubt mark more marches across the world.

However, the 8th of march should not solely be a day of protest. It should be a communal coming together to celebrate the achievements of women globally.

What can you do

The main thing one can do to show support International Women's day is to attend a march or event in your local area. The next is to wear red in recognition for those attending events and protests.

However, one other thing is to read an article on important women from history. Use the day as a form of own personal reflection think of any times you have faced discrimination for being women and think back to how you overcame this and used it to become a strong human, not women. Think about how far women's rights, in general, have come and think to those to also face discrimination for more than their gender, but rather race or religion and share a thought for them.