Empowering women and the facade behind celebrating Women’s day

Roshane De Silva
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)
2 min readMar 9, 2021


I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. — Mary Shelley

March 8th celebrates women and their achievements. We take one day out of the year and highlight women who have accomplished great things in various fields. We make them role models for the younger generation. Social Media goes on fire with trending interviews and tweets and videos applauding women, talking about gender inequality and other issues they face.

Tomorrow that same injustice continues.

It’s a great satisfaction to see females in various industries. Their hard work and determination got them there and they should be commended.

At the same time, we have to admit that gender inequality does exist. But everyone seems to talk about the unfairness that happens to women who have already accomplished things. We seem to empower the woman who is already strong and knowledgeable to achieve her goals.

But what about the ordinary woman?

What about the house-maid who unwillingly works far away from home where she is treated like a slave? She can’t quit because her salary is needed to buy medicine for her elderly parents or pay her child’s tuition.

What about the seventy-year-old tea plucker whose back is bent by carrying the heavy basket all day. She still lives in a run-down line house with no electricity.

What about the mother who had to leave her successful career to take care of her sick child. Her heart yearns to be financially independent. but how can she do that with all these expenses and all her household chores?

What about the lady who walks barefoot in the blazing sun for miles to gather firewood? If she doesn’t do that then her family will have no heat or food.

What about the woman who sweeps the roads we walk on? I’m sure she never dreamed of becoming that. Who will support her for a better life?

What about the young girl who was sold to be a prostitute because her family had no way to provide for themselves.

Who’s empowering these women? Who supports their needs?

Who is fighting for their injustice?

photo by Andrea Popa