Today is International Women’s Day, and I’ve struggled to find the words to adequately convey what I’m thinking today. I am a woman and a mother of a strong, independent little girl who will grow up to be a formidable and fierce woman.
The world she’s being raise in will call her bossy or rude or a bitch when she stands her ground and demands that her voice be heard.
Boys and men will tell her to smile more and think she owes them something.
Bosses will underestimate her. Teachers will pass over her. Co-workers will y’all over and dismiss her.
All because she’s a woman. But the loss is theirs because I can already see the forces colliding inside her. Strength. Sense of self. Power. Leadership. Creativity. Dominance.
My daughter, like every girl I know, is far more than a cute face with a pretty dress and a bow. She’s more than a daughter. More than a sister. More than any label anyone slaps on her.
Women are the life force of this planet. They’re the calm before, during, and after the storms.
Women and girls are the future, and it will take each and every one of us to ensure that all of our voices are heard.