I get more texts on International Women’s Day than on my birthday…!

IsBambi and MsElouise at the feminaust launch in June 2011. Pretending we know what we're talking about as always!

So I was joking with a friend this morning, after she had said “Happy International Women’s Day” and then something along the lines of, “and you’re probably the only person I’ll say that to today”, that I get more text messages on IWD than I do on my own birthday. What I think happens is that people wake up and either hear on the radio, or read in the paper that it’s IWD and think “Oh, must do something, I know, I’ll text Cath!”. For some people it’s an excuse to get in touch (more than one ex-partner/one off date from the past), for some it’s an opportunity to flash their feminist credentials and for others it’s just good sense. They know it’s a day that I cherish and that means something to me, even if it means nothing to them. 

And of course they’re right. IWD is a day which I think is still worth celebrating and getting excited about. It’s worth the hype and the fancy breakfasts and the corporate sponsorship and everything else because in the end, any chance to talk about the reality of women’s lives, from the impact of violence to pay equity to expectations of motherhood are chances worth taking.

It might not be my birthday today but this IWD is particularly important for isBambi and I because it’s feminaust’s first birthday. Tomorrow, one year ago, I put fingers to keys and wrote my first Monday round-up. Since then, feminaust has become a strong voice for contemporary Australian feminism and continues to bring you opinion and debate from feminists from across the country and overseas. feminaust’s official birthday isn’t until June, on the first anniversary of our official launch, but in the spirit of celebrating achievements and milestones and still punching our fists for gender equality on this sacred day. I have a very special Welcome to IWD round-up of articles etc and a short recap on what we’ve done in our first year of living on the web!

We’ve Welcomed you to Monday at least 44 times, bringing the best of the rest of the web right to your home screens (coz we know we’re all your personal homepages!)

We’ve introduced you to 14 friday feminausts who have all had vastly different perspectives and experiences of feminism and we’re looking forward to finding plenty more for you to meet.

In total we’ve published 144 posts, approved 315 comments, tweeted 720 times and had a total of over 35,000 hits! So we’re feeling pretty proud of ourselves.

So Happy Unofficial Birthday feminaust! Here’s to many many more like it. We will be celebrating our official birthday in June, but in the mean time if you’re a regular reader and have been thinking of writing for us, please get moving and type us up a storm. We want more and more amazing writers to contribute to this fabulous site and make it more about you than ever before.

Love to all the feminausts out there!

IsBambi and MsElouise xxxxxxxxxx


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About MsElouise

MsElouise is a community programs worker and feminist from Melbourne Australia. She likes to travel, write, rant and make people feel uncomfortable about their assumptions. She hopes to one day be remembered for changing the world just a little bit. Right now she does this by proving that teenage girls are a higher order of beings.

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