By Miki Agrawal
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I think this International Women’s Day is particularly poignant for me.
This week, I truly imprinted the major freedoms I’ve been blessed with by living in this country, while also understanding the patriarchal restrictions I still face as a female leader in a growing female driven company and even more so in a taboo category. It’s a constant juxtaposition I have to navigate on a day to day but #challengeaccepted.
I’m wearing my 1973 t-shirt today because this was the year that Roe v Wade supreme court case allowed for abortions, namely a woman’s right to choose to have a baby or not. Well, I’m 5 months pregnant now and I exercise my right to choose this route and I’m beyond grateful to have this choice.
It’s been quite the interesting experiment, fighting for women’s rights while building THINX and at the same time producing a little boy inside of me. I keep having these existential thoughts about the weirdness it is for women to have so much less respect than men in much of the world (including the US) when it’s the women who are the ones who actually made them.
It’s crazy to think that my amazing partner Andrew just had to secrete some sperm inside of me once and then for the next 9 months, my body is going to be transforming and morphing, often with uncomfortable sleeps and not always gracefully and with the culmination of one of the most painful experiences of a woman’s life. And yes, I know, I know, I get to experience the magic of pregnancy and the experience of birth but c’mon, can women get major extra props for doing all of this!? That’s all I’m sayin’. :-) The fact that periods are shameful at all, instead of a time of honoring women who make these monthly sacrifices, is truly baffling to me.
I was on the subway the other day and asked a man if I could sit down since I was pregnant and he said “NO.” and went back to listening to his music.
I am worried about what the Trump election is saying about women’s rights and our place in society and I am SO proud to see thousands of women’s marches happening all over the world and even more proud to be a participant in the fight. We shut our THINX office down for the day to support “A Day Without A Woman” to pay homage to the women all around the world who feel the oppression for simply being born a woman. Let’s keep going. We got this ladies.
Some insane stats to think about as it relates to gendercide:
According to a U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today due to gendercide.
As of 2013, there are an estimated 4 to 6 million sex workers in China, the vast majority of them female.
In 2012, there were over 18 million more boys than girls under the age of 15 in China.
In 2012, the national government estimated that China has 40 million more males than females.
By 2020, the Chinese government estimates that there will be at least 30 million men of marriageable age that may be unable to find a spouse.
In India, the sex ratio at birth is 112 boys born for every 100 girls born. Indian girls, moreover, die of disease and neglect at a much higher rate than boys.
Also, some cray stats as it relates to women in the workforce:
The higher women climb in the work world, the harder it is for them to earn what men are paid.
Women in professional specialty occupations earn 72.7% of what men in the same position earn.
Women in upper level executive, administrative and managerial occupations earn even less at 72.3%.
The pay gap across all occupations is 77.5%.
By age 65, the average working woman will have lost more than $430,000 over her working lifetime vs. men, because of the wage gap.
More than ever before, women are the breadwinners in their household.
Over 40% of moms are now the sole or primary source of income in U.S. households.
Women are now the primary or co-money maker in nearly two thirds of American families and working married women bring home 44% of their family’s income.