Once upon a time, someone at a press conference asked Joss Whedon why he always writes such strong female characters and created stories about them. ( not a direct quote, but you get the idea).
After a while he concluded it was because people are still asking him that question.
Do you ever notice that? Nobody would ask a writer or producer or director why there are strong male characters, we just sorta expect that to happen.
But a strong woman character? How odd.
Today, on International Woman’s Day, I want to acknowledge every single woman out there who has ever had to work twice as hard to get half as far. I want to acknowledge every woman who made the tough decision to give up their career in order to raise their family. The woman who gave up the idea of ever having children because the demands of her male dominated field would never tolerate it, no matter what the law says.
For every woman who has said no and had yes stolen from her. For every woman who raised a child she never wanted and couldn’t afford but loved regardless while a man had the luxury of walking away.
Every little girl who was told she couldn’t, wouldn’t, and didn’t deserve to anyway. For the little girl who grew up and said fuck that, and did it better than any man.
For every wife who stood by her partner and made it possible for him to succeed while receiving no credit for it.
For every time you wiped a snotty nose or changed a diaper or made it through another day without crying yourself to sleep from exhaustion and frustration while receiving no thank you for the life you are supporting.
For every minute of childbirth that you endured in order to bring the greatest love of your life into this world.
For every woman who ever looked in the mirror and hated herself. For putting everyone’s needs ahead of your own.
And for every woman who decided what she wanted and got it. For inspiring other girls and women to do better for themselves.
For every single woman out there, regardless of your heritage, your colour, your sexuality, your socio-economic status, your age, your education. Regardless of everything.
You are worth more to this world than the world knows.
Be strong, be demanding, and never ever back down. Be resilient. Be epic.
International Woman’s Day is every fucking day. Joss Whedon gets that. Be more like Joss Whedon.