IWD : Why is it so important for women to climb together?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Female climbing spaces are places within climbing where women can feel free of the burdens and expectations of the male ego. Women can climb together and mutually support each other while trying hard and sending.
If you ask most women who climb what it’s like to climb with women instead of climbing with men, they will get a bit glassy eyed and say things like “it’s wonderful!” And, “it’s so supportive!”. Today, for the IWD, La Fabrique verticale wanted to explain why it is so important that women can climb together.
Female climbing spaces are important. Within that space, it can be challenging for women to blossom into their full potential. There is something special about watching someone with your body type or hand size work a problem you’ve been struggling on. And see how they do it. Seeing yourself reflected on the stone makes it possible for you to achieve what you first thought was impossible.
International Women’s Day (IWD) : Why is it so important for women to climb together?
We live in a society that does not teach women to be brave. We do not teach women to face challenges head on. In fact, we teach women to hide from challenges. For every woman that faces a challenge head on and succeeds, there is a pile of bodies behind her of women who did not succeed.
That is the power of climbing with women. To know in your bones that you are strong, and that she is strong, and that together you are capable of so much more than you have been told all your life.