Rooibos Rocks For Women’s Day
It’s International Women’s Day on the 8th of March – a day for recognising all the hard work done by women, for celebrating their amazing achievements and for focusing on the continuing struggle to create a genuinely gender equal world.
At Rooibos Rocks this is a day and cause very close to our hearts. Why? Because we appreciate that the gains women are making come at a price – and are actively providing support, both emotional and practical.
Women have come a long way
It’s easy to forget that until quite recently women had few rights and their sole job was to provide children and do whatever was needed at home. They were barred from any significant role in politics, the sciences, the arts, the professions and business. Women were treated as the property of their father or their husband.
Some milestones on the road to emancipation:
1920: Women get the vote in the US
World Wars I & II: women take on “untraditional” jobs as men head to war.
Women still have a long way to go to achieve true equality but in places like the US terrific progress has been made.
The downside of freedom
These changes have enabled huge numbers of women, in the developed world at least, to enter the workplace. So now they can “have it all” – a meaningful career that brings financial independence from men and, if they so choose, the rewards of being a mother and homemaker.
So, what’s not to like?
The trouble is that having it all also means doing it all, or at least a lot more than their fair share. A supportive partner can be a big help – but he can’t get pregnant, give birth or provide the kind of support a newborn needs. And even when children become toddlers and then young adults it’s generally mom that is most closely involved with them.
According to a recent study, women who work full-time and are raising two or more kids are 40 percent more stressed than working women with no children. Even moms with a job and only one kid are under more pressure, as researchers found they had an 18 percent higher level of stress. Of course, this isn’t news to moms - but it’s nice to have the proof!
Even if you aren’t juggling a job and kids it’s tough in the world of work. The lack of women in senior positions in many organisations suggests that they have to work harder to get the same rewards as men. It’s not just female film stars and sportswomen who struggle to get the same pay as their male counterparts.
How Rooibos Rocks is supporting women
Rooibos Rocks is a family business and one of us is a working mom – so we know all about how stressful it can be to juggle all the work-life stuff!
Let’s work together to help create a gender equal world
We wholeheartedly support International Women’s Day and this year’s #EachforEqual campaign theme. But we also support women 365 days of the year as well. We do this by providing a tea that enhances your physical wellbeing with wholesome goodness.