THIS Sum­mer, Slay!

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Contributors -

It’s 2016, in­ter­na­tional women’s month, and the start of sum­mer. There’s never been a bet­ter time to be a woman.

We’re happy that the Philip­pines ranked 7th in the 2015 Global Gen­der Gap Re­port by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, which mea­sures four crit­i­cal ar­eas of in­equal­ity be­tween men and women: eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion and op­por­tu­nity, ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment, health and sur­vival, and po­lit­i­cal em­pow­er­ment. But there’s still a lot of pro­gess to be made to up­lift the plight of ev­ery woman in a coun­try where machismo and sex­ism still thrive: Vi­o­lence against women is still preva­lent, ac­cess to re­pro­duc­tive health care and con­tra­cep­tion needs to be ef­fec­tively im­ple­mented, gen­der stereo­typ­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion still ex­ist, of­ten val­i­dated by tra­di­tion and so­cial norms.

But you’ve come a long way, Cosmo Girl: You’re in con­trol of your own life, mak­ing your own money, climb­ing the ca­reer lad­der, look­ing how­ever, wear­ing what­ever, and lov­ing whomever you want—sim­ply be­ing free to plot your own destiny. You stand up for what you de­serve and you get what you want. You’re in­de­pen­dent, en­light­ened, and em­pow­ered, and you know there is noth­ing you can­not do.

We­wouldn’t have reached this point if not for the hard work and ef­forts of the many brave women who came be­fore us and fought for those rights. If there’s one thing we need to ask you to do this month, it is this: “If you are a woman, you must, at the very least, know what fem­i­nism re­ally is,” says Cosmo as­so­ci­ate fea­tures edi­tor Gaby Ig­na­cio, who wrote “The Cosmo Girl’s Guide to Fem­i­nism,” p.88. “It’s still im­por­tant be­cause women around the world still face op­pres­sion on a daily ba­sis.neg­a­tive mis­con­cep­tions about fem­i­nism not only do the women’s move­ment a dis­ser­vice, but also keep many women from both­er­ing to delve into the very idea of fem­i­nism, so we felt the need to clear the air and give fem­i­nism the credit and re­spect it de­serves.”

Your fem­i­nist sis­ters at Cosmo stand along­side you in help­ing you rock the most kick-ass life ever, start­ing with this is­sue. For­ward March!

Cos­mopoli­tan March cover

girl Yassi Press­man at our cover shoot: Good vibes, great bod,

fun time! More of her

on p.20.

MARCH 2016

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