AS part of International Women's Day celebrations, girls as young as 10 were encouraged to take part in more activities that broke away from traditional "girly things" and spend more time in the outdoors; they were encouraged to be aggressive in their pursuit of dreams and career choices because they can do and be whatever they put their minds to; they were reminded that they are equal to men, and introduced to much bigger things such as voting rights, and holding their leaders accountable.
Indeed, these young girls are the future, (as are young boys) and whatever values are instilled in them now, will influence their lives and decisions when they come of age.
We are indeed at the threshold of a true feminine era.
Liberating girls and women from male dominance is the ultimate goal, although the answer is not for men and women to try to be alike, but rather appreciate and celebrate their differences.
It is crucial to be yourself, and embrace your individual god-given abilities — as a man or a woman — which makes you unique and sets men and women apart.
Every male and female is wired with unique abilities with which to pursue their goals, and they must take full advantage of those abilities. And so, a young girl would do well to embrace her feminine side.
Aside from participating in other non-traditional female activities, it is also advisable, necessary even, that the young ladies of this age learn and familiarise themselves with the art of cooking, sewing, cleaning and the like.
There is no harm in acquiring these skills together with possessing a toughness of mind and heart, a fearless attitude and confidence.
A young girl embracing both her feminine and masculine energy is able to maintain a balance which will steer her to excel in whatever she strives for.
An excerpt titled Women and men — different but equal? from Toward a Meaningful Life — The Wisdom of the Rebbe by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, he writes: "True women's liberation does not mean merely seeking equality within a masculine world, but liberating the divine feminine aspects of a woman's personality and using them for the benefit of humankind.
"It is time now for the woman to rise to her true prominence, when the subtle power of the feminine energy is truly allowed to nourish the overt power of the masculine energy.
"Men and women must realise their respective equal roles and strive to complement each other in their shared struggle to improve life. In order to correct the abuse of male dominance, men must concentrate on using their dominant qualities for the good. They must use their strength to protect and preserve the feminine character, helping women realise their true potential in revealing godliness, which the world so desperately needs today."