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And, this International Women’s Day, with a theme like “Choose To Challenge,” nobody knows about challenging the societal expectations of women in the media sphere better than Girlfriend fave Abbie Chatfield.
Whether it’s the deep and meaningful chats about sex, therapy and relationships over on her podcast, It’s A Lot, or all the times she’s called out publications for body-shaming and objectifying her, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Winner has built a career around being the feminist heroine of our times.
So, while we celebrate the achievements of Abbie on the 8th of March, we also need to take a moment to reflect on the progress women have made to the world and to free ourselves from oppression—a fact that she took to Instagram to break down.
WATCH: Abbie Chatfield shares an inspiring message for this year’s International Women’s Day
In a new video sponsored by Libra, Abbie responded to a question she’s been asked to explain all week: what to do if a guy asks why we need International Women’s Day.
“First of all, kindly remind them there’s International Men’s Day on November 19th, give that a quick Google,” she began.
“But also remind them that women have been oppressed, silenced, and marginalised throughout the entirety of our patriarchal society, and today is a day to celebrate the strength, the changes and the changes to come within that patriarchal society through female empowerment.”
Watch: Abbie Chatfield Shares Inspiring Body Positivity Message On Instagram
Elsewhere, Abbie did a cute lil IG takeover on Rawkanvas page and shared how she became such a confident person in the spotlight and against all the mean things said and written about her.
“There’s this weird like endless cycle that happens whenever you are ashamed for just being yourself, and you can go one of two ways,” she said.
“You can either be sad about that and it can shame you more and it continues, or you can be confident, they shame you more and you become more confident. So, I chose the latter.”
Earlier this morning, Chanel Contos shared a powerful message about ending rape culture on International Womens Day and beyond.