THIS Summer, Slay!
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