On March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day.  This is a global day in which we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This is also a day to remind us of the call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Isn’t it sad that we even have to have an International Women’s Day?  At the end of the day, regardless of what sex we are, we are equal members of society and each one of us should be treated with the same respect, compassion and care.

When females are treated as less than, so much damage to their sense of self can occur.  The bottom line is that they often end up feeling and believing that they don’t matter or that they are not good enough.  Sometimes, they engage in behaviors that they abhor because they believe it’s the only way to get ahead.  Sometimes, they turn to self-destructive behaviors to cope.  Depression and anxiety is a struggle.  And why?  All because of a complete lie.

To any woman reading this, please know that you matter and that you are good enough simply because you exist.  You don’t have to have accomplished anything or be good at anything in particular to matter.  We are all part of the universe/God and I know the universe certainly didn’t make one sex more valuable than the other.

To any male reading this, please be thoughtful of any words you utter and actions that you might take that may inadvertently reinforce a message of less than to females.

From the spiritual perspective, remember that we are all spirit in physical bodies.  Our spirit is energy that is neither male or female, though we each contain some male energy and female energy (think of that as the yin and yang). We need both male and female energy for our world to be balanced.  If we think of the typical male energy, we think of competition, aggression, physical strength, math, science, logical thinking.  With female energy, we envision nurturing, cooperation, dealing with emotions, relationships.  Imagine a world where only one of these types of energies existed.  Not so appealing, is it?

So as we celebrate International Womens’ Day, let’s remember that female energy is a necessary and needed energy to balance the male energy.  One is not better than the other.  They are both equally needed and important.