International Women’s Day has come and gone for another year. The lunches, the morning teas, the high teas, the afternoon teas, the inspirational quotes so widely circulated on social media are over for another year. It’s a day that women should and do celebrate. It’s a time to catch up with friends, connect with other like-minded women and listen to inspiring stories told by women.
On International Women’s Day this year I was in Brisbane for a charity event and afterwards I caught up with 2 of my best friends for a cup of tea at my hotel. As I sat with my girlfriends, both of whom I met when I was 12 years old, I don’t think I could have wished for a better end to a day whose purpose is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
You see, the inspiring stories are wonderful and need to be told, the lunches are always a lot of fun and the quotes delightful to read, but for me, this year when I went to bed and reflected on what the day really meant for me, I came to one conclusion. The women friendships that I have in my life are cause enough to celebrate. Every memory I have in my life- the best and worst of times, the dark times, the triumphant times, the funny times, the sad times, the heartbreaking times and the successful times have been shared with other women. It’s something I am forever grateful for and it’s something that I never take for granted.
As the wonderful writer Rebecca Sparrow says, ‘find your tribe’. I think for so many of us, for women everywhere, at every stage and age of life, we need to embrace our tribe. Hold on tight and don’t let go.
Friendships, and I mean real friendships among women are an incredibly powerful thing, more so than we think. The connections we have and make with other women are cathartic and good for the soul, life giving and life meaning. We should embrace them with arms wide open, on IWD and every other day.
Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly.
As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law, published author, and nationally accredited mediator Clare has returned to work in a different capacity. Relocating to Noosa shortly after the birth of her first child, Clare found it difficult to make meaningful and real connections with other like-minded women away from her own network of friends. With this in mind, Clare’s idea was born. Dear Molly aims to provide connections for like-minded women in a real, meaningful and positive manner. It a platform to share, communicate and inspire other women about their ‘real’ life.