March 8th, 2017.
As I sit here writing what you read, my mighty body is releasing blood and mucous tissue from the inner lining of the uterus.
As a uterus-carrier/woman, I cannot recall the last time this happened; thanks to poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The first bloody blood I have had down ‘there’ in years* – and it aligns with International Women’s Day.
Most people will not have read this far, yet here you are; reading on – thank you.
I am so blessed, I have so many privileges in my life, and I’ve had – have – and will continue to face my share of struggles (such as my pcos, and being a uterus-carrier).
Societally, women’s rights have progressed dramatically in the past 100 years, yet there is still so much development to continue. I am honoured to continue the walk on a path that so many phenomenal women have walked; a path that every woman walks, some placing bigger paving stones than others, but how can we make such a beautiful pathway without each little pebble.
Historically, I have absolute soul inspiring strong determined admirable fellow uterus-carrying, walking-child-ovening, female role models, historians, and leaders – sometimes we might even get to hear about them in history classes or books or (dare I say) in the headlines; but never without bias. The admiration and inspiration continues through the history, stories and actions of all women; non-uterus-carrying, non-child-ovening, females, women, ladies, and non-men. Together, as one, we will walk the path of womanhood and roar with mighty power.
Before me, I had many women – powerful, selfless, thoughtful, history-changing women, who started this path for equality. I am endlessly thankful to all woman before me and acknowledge that over time there have been countless ‘unsung’ heroes. Without the fighters of our past, we’d have no foundation to stand tall upon. To the likes of Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966), Alice Paul (1885 – 1977), Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), Betty Friedan (1921- 2006), Catherine Stewart (1881 – 1957), Dame Whina Cooper (1895 – 1994), Kate Sheppard (1847 – 1934) and the list could (and should) go on.
The women who continue to thrive, advocate, educate, and fight for change – Thank you. Our path continues to grow longer with every step and strive for change. From the likes of Gloria Steinem, Uzo Aduba, Michelle Obama, Tabby Besley, Emma Watson, Helen Clark, Lizzie Marvelly, Jacinda Ardern, Oprah Winfrey, Jan Logie, Laverne Cox, and countless more.
And feminism isn’t just for women – there are so many men supporting gender equality, from the likes of Matt McGorry, Russell Crowe, and John Legend just to name a few.
The year of 2016 brought arguably one of the world’s most shocking and tragic events – an election win for Donald J. Trump.
Thousands upon thousands of people somehow fooled by the kindness and generosity of the Trump campaign. After all, what better way to “make America great again” than to grab em by the pussy, right?
More specifically to New Zealand, the Ministry for Women have released evidence of the wage gap. Although we have seen the gap begin to decrease in the last 20 years, further decrease has been stalled. Is the wage gap the only gender inequality issue remaining in New Zealand? Quite honestly, I am astounded that something of this nature actually hit headlines, let alone the qualitative personal stories included in the article. Is this the beginning of truly hearing and listening to women’s voices?
Here is where I could wish you a ‘happy’ international women’s day, but no; happy won’t do.
To the badass uterus-carrying, non-uterus-carrying, child-ovening, non-child-ovening, female, femme, woman, ladies, and non-men women – Be empowered on this day, and all those to come.
Today, my blood reminded me of the blood (metaphoric and otherwise) shed for me by those before me, the fight that continues, and all we must do for the uterus-carriers (and pathway walkers of all kinds) of the future. And it reminded me that; I am strong, I am powerful, and I am the many women before me, after me and around me; it’s time to make herstory.
I do apologise if this article has been overly-graphic, offensive, or hard to follow – perhaps this is due to the rise and fall of my HERmones as a result of me being a female uterus-carrying non-pregnant walking-child-oven.
I am proud to be a uterus-carrier, even if it is ridden with pcos/pain. Period. ♀
*For those familiar with the subject; the bleed was induced with Provera as prescribed and suggested by my GP (however not with the intention of the bleed being so delayed and occurring on this day so cheers to my female-anatomy).
> Thank you to those who have supported me unconditionally.
>> Special thanks to Caitlin Briggs, Eileen Kaveney, and Harold Coutts for encouraging me with this piece.