A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Oh but how I wish that strength didn't need to be tested in the first place... The owlets and I had a lovely floaty pyjamas day today. It was International Women's Day and we made blackberry muffins and had a tea party. For the first time they understood words like feminism, discrimination, equality. For the first time, they understood that men and women are not always afforded the same rights. That women the world over suffer just for the fact that they are women. They learned about women who have achieved great things, fought for their rights. They understood for the first time that there is still so far to go. They were surprised, angry and sad. They couldn't believe it, thought it was silly... Then they said "Happy Mother's Day" and went on to play explorers for the rest of the day.
I'm so glad that they live in an environment where inequality is so unbelievable to them, but gladder now they are aware that it is not the norm. Hopeful that they will continue to talk, think and strive for a world where it is.