Happy International Women’s day! Today is a day to appreciate the women in your life, and acknowledge their achievements. Royal women, like all women, go by many titles: a wife, a feminist, an advocate, a mother, a leader, powerful, independent, charitable, compassionate, intelligent, and of course they’re beautiful. Although they do have other titles, the royal women of todays society very much represent the attributes of the modern woman. So lets celebrate them and take today to appreciate them more than usual, for women are truly amazing.
If it’s "international" women’s day, could we take some time to celebrate a diverse set of women that actually represents the international community?
Am I the only one who thinks that would be pretty obvious?
Diverse? I’ll give you diversity - in the first gif is Jordanian Arabic Queen Rania, who was born to palestinian parents in Kuwait. In the sixth gif is the Princess of Orange, Princess Catharina Amalia who is the daughter of an Argentinian born Queen, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. In the eighth gif is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who was born in Tasmania, Australia. Is geological diversity not good enough? Okay, I’ll give you more.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is said to have a history with recreational drugs, had a son out-of-wedlock, worked as a waitress when she met Crown Prince Haakon and whose ex-boyfriend, the father of her first child, was sentenced to prison for assault and cocaine possession. Their engagement was highly controversial at the time, however Mette-Marit has worked to recover her image.
Zara Phillips, the woman in the seventh gif, is an Olympic Silver medal winning equestrian. Crown Princess Victoria, in the fifth and eight gif, struggled with an eating disorder in the 90s however subsequently overcame such struggles and married a gym owner. Queen Silvia of Sweden is of Brazilian descent (her mother being Brazilian) and lived in Brazil from 1947-1957. Princess Letizia was a popular journalist in Spain before marrying the Prince of Austria’s, and had been married previously. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents worked on airlines, before becoming successful business owners. Princess Diana was from a broken home, and struggled with various forms of depression, and an eating disorder.
Still not enough diversity? Okay, I’ll talk about religious diversity among these women.
The British women belong to the Church of England, which is a part of the Anglican faith. The Swedish Royal Family belongs to the Church of Sweden, which professes the Lutheran faith. The Spanish Royal Family are Roman Catholic, the Danish Royal Family are Evangelical Lutherans, as is the Norwegian Royal Family whilst the Dutch Royal Family are Protestants. The Jordanian Royal Family, on the other hand, follow the Islamic faith.
The majority of these women passionately advocate for issues that need attention, an example being Princess Diana’s support of those with AIDs during a time where it was taboo, or Crown Princess Mary’s support of women’s rights and anti-bullying campaigns. Queen Maxima currently serves as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development which works towards such social and economic issues as poverty aid, food security and education. Queen Rania is known for her advocacy of education for girls, and against the prejudice of the Islamic faith, namely supporting women whose religious choices are targeted in Western culture (such as wearing specific clothing articles).
Most of the woman above also hold University degrees, from Art History to Economics to a Masters in audiovisual Journalism. But on the other hand, some only have high school education - Mette-Marit even dropping out of school.
For you to say that these woman do not represent a diverse set of women is extremely false. I’ll be the first to admit that ethnically, the diversity in royalty is unfortunately but practically non-existant, as most Monarchies belong to European nations and thus most of them will be of Caucasian descent, however that is changing. Which is awesome! Take for example Prince Joachims ex-wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, who was born in Hong Kong and is of Chinese descent. Another example is Prince Maximillian of Liechtenstein’s wife, Princess Angela, who is African-American and mixed race. There are also Monarchies in Japan, in Middle Eastern Nations, and in African Nations, but unfortunately they’re not as well known. These women are diverse in ways that are socially, historically, and intellectually different. They represent a wide range of woman - they represent women who work hard, and who love their families. They represent mothers, and wives trying to do their best whilst juggling a ‘job’, although of course their job is nothing like the normal woman’s. They do represent an international community in some way or another, and for you to think otherwise suggests to me that you really are not looking beyond the surface.