Happy International Women’s Day to all of you.
Though it is a day to celebrate women, it is also a day to remember. A day to remember strong women like Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Theresa, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Tina Turner.
Maybe more importantly it needs to be a day to remember the not as popular, not as well known, and even the not as strong women. They are the reason we need the strong and public women to continue to rock their badass selves.
The unspoken women. The trying to fit in women. The not sure what to do women. The I want to be brave, but someone might hurt me women. The don’t know any different way of life women. The under someone’s thumb women. The just living every day women.
They are the reason we need an International Women’s Day. A day to recognize that women are just as vital, just as capable, just as deserving of the rights of life, as a man.
But, for me, most importantly, we need to remember that women, start as girls.
Recognize the diversity, the importance, the strength in girls before it is systematically stripped from them. Before they are repeatedly taught to believe they are less than, let’s remember.
Celebrate the humanity, the capacity, the ability in our girls. Don’t insist they must be a round peg to fit in the round hole that social norms created. Give girls the belief that they are, because in fact they are, capable of learning, doing, being, wanting, finding, creating anything they choose to.
As this International Women’s Day comes to an end for me, my wish is that, from birth, we give our girls what they need to be the strong women we are preparing the world for. That we continue to recognize the worth of women. That we respect the difference and diversity of women. That we carry on with the work to bring light to the injustices of objectification and minimalizing.
Light and love to you all.