Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate this day, I am planning on helping out as many women friends as I can today.
I will go over some clinic pearls with my residents, coincidentally both female this month.
I will ask after the front desk clerks, the nurses and the therapists to see how they are doing. Today I will actually stop and listen.
I will email my co-editor on the textbook we’ve been working on, and see if she needs help on finishing up that very last chapter.
Most of my beneficiaries so far are mothers of Plum’s friends. We are all mothers who work full time jobs, juggling different hats in cacophony. One of Plum’s science fair partner has scheduling conflicts and can not finish her assigned part of the project. Her dad is coming home from an oversea business trip. The project is due tomorrow. “No problem, just bring the poster board over. Plum and I will finish it tonight. Enjoy your family time!” I texted her back early this morning before walking in to my clinic. Plum’s other science project partner will be coming over after school to work on the project. “If you want to have happy hour with your co-workers, I can feed your kid.” I emailed the second mother during my lunch break.
I will edit the English version of a photography blog for my little cousin tonight, as soon as I am done helping with the poster.
I will work on the talk I am invited to give to an all-girls academy on how being a female immigrant shaped me to become who I am today.
I will talk to my daughter about the progress women have made, and how much more we need to accomplish. Some of the women she admire are Maya Angelou, J K Rowling, Michelle Obama. All strong, intelligent, compassionate, and talented female who are not afraid to speak their minds.
There is strength in sisterhood. There is love in solidarity. Being a modern career woman, I have become so efficient that I forget to pause. During this morning’s tumor board, I sat down next to our medical oncologist, a female, and wished her Happy Women’s Day. She looked at me wide-eyed and uttered, “so… what are we supposed to do with this day?” You see, she is used to my customary greeting of, “hi how are you I have this patient I saw yesterday who really needs to get concurrent chemotherapy so can you see him tomorrow?” in a single breath.
By pausing to recognize this International Women’s Day, I discover that I am surrounded by intelligent, hard-working women who are preoccupied with their work and families, just like me. And I suspect, if I put in a little bit of time and effort to nurture our relationship, they could all blossom into friendship! A beautiful, solid network of working women around me, that is what I would like to seed on this Women’s Day.
How about you? How are you celebrating this day?