It is no coincidence that “National Be Heard Day” fell in March, which is also Women’s History Month. This day not only encourages people to speak their minds, but it encourages others to listen. Sadly, there are thousands of humanitarian and equality issues that still plague this beautiful planet of ours and too few people who actually care. Even though this national day passed, today I encourage you to take a stand for something you’re passionate about and express yourself. Make yourself be heard. Demand attention and draw light to issues you believe in.
National Be Heard Day
When I first read that National Be Heard Day was approaching I naturally was inclined to write a blog post about it. I started to brain dump all of the issues that I feel passionately about, and trust me, there were plenty.
For context, I am not someone who uses my social media account to promote my beliefs or even worse to tarnish the beliefs of others. I don’t go around pronouncing my political beliefs to anyone who will listen, so that is not what this post is about at all. In fact, it’s the opposite. I want to encourage people to talk candidly about issues. Real issues. Things that affect their lives and the lives of those around them. Things that need to be changed. Even things that may be a-political in nature.
Many of you may remember her story from a few years ago, and for those of you that don’t here is a quick synopsis. One of her friends who worked in New York City’s Financial District told her about a term she coined called manslamming. Basically when men are so oblivious or entitled that they assume women will move out of the way when they are walking, so much so that if the woman doesn’t move out of the way it will usually result in the woman being knocked (or slammed) into.
Beth thought this may be a phenomena only happening in the Financial District – for those of you who have been down to “Fi Di” in NYC you understand why. To test this hypothesis she wanted to expand the parameters. She decided that wherever she was walking she would do so confidently and on a straight path. Unless the person (male or female) walking toward her made some indication that they were willing to get out of the way first, she would not alter her path. The results were staggering. A very large majority of men ended up colliding with her.
Since reading this article in 2015 I have noticed that nothing has changed. I find myself stepping off of the sidewalk, sometimes into a puddle or muddy spot, in order to avoid a collision. Now I am not hating on men. I have a ton of guy friends and I think they’re all amazing people. This example is just exemplifying that there is something deep within our culture that still says a man is somehow worthy of more than a woman. That a woman should cater to the needs of a man, before her own (or her shoes).
Take a stand
Beth Breslaw took a stand and because of it she was heard on a national scale. It does not take fame and money to be heard. If more people spoke up for what they believed in and personified the change they wanted to see in the world, I have no doubt the world would be a better place.
My advice to all women, young and older is don’t wait for someone else to do it. Embody change in whichever way you are most comfortable with.