Celebrating the Elderly on International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is an undeniably important day. It’s a day to look forward and work towards the goal of total gender balance and to celebrate the women who contribute so much to this goal. It’s also a day to look to the past and celebrate the women who have come before us. It’s a chance to shine a light on all women in our society and call for greater representation, especially for elderly women who can often feel overlooked and underappreciated.

These women, whether they live at home, in nursing homes or in retirement villages, play a vital role in our society. They have lived lives, gathered stories and information and fostered many valuable relationships. These skills, stories and values become the basis of the next generation as they impart their knowledge onto us.

The value of these women doesn’t end there. With a rise in aged care standards comes increased independence and freedom. As elderly women are able to stay engaged in relationships longer and continue to contribute their skills and qualities to society, increased representation and appreciation is inevitable.

The elderly women in our society have shaped who we are and what we are today. While their contribution is invaluable, it’s important to keep in mind that this contribution never ends. Valuing our relationships with elderly women and giving them a voice will empower them to continue to contribute to the solution. International Women’s Day simply acts as a reminder to value all women in society every day of the year.