As I wrote a few weeks ago, I grew up with a small number of strong female role models available. I had my grandmother and watched other empowered women like Carrie Fisher and Mary Tyler Moore. I didn’t want to accept whatever people perceived to be my lot in life.
Growing up, I was taught to believe that I could do just about anything I wanted to do or to be. I was raised by a strong, faith-based, family-centered women who not only taught but empowered me to believe that. They showed me through their actions and intentions as well through their achievements.
However, it was more than just happy and positives things. I’ll be the first to tell you life can be hard.
I had some difficult situations that called for every ounce of that strength. When my fiance, Jeff died when I was 19, I didn’t curl up into a helpless ball of “woe is me” and claim that I was a victim. After the initial shock wore off(and counseling), I pulled myself together and continued moving forward.
Today is International Women’s Day.
According to IWD’s website, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. There are many places across the US and internationally that are holding a protest in support of human rights.
I’d say that the majority of women in the US are not protesting a lack of Women’s rights here in the US. They are using the planned day as an excuse to protest the current Administration. Honestly, that makes me sad.
How are these protest in Washington helping our fellow women and what are they teaching our daughters, granddaughters? We need to teach them to acknowledge their own internal strength they have and how to overcome those obstacles themselves. We need to share all the advances and achievements of all those women who came before us.
Women’s rights here in the US are pretty good compared to other places in the world. We can own property, wear what we want to wear and do pretty much whatever we want to do. We don’t need a husband, brother or father to do those things for us.
There are far bigger problems in the world that we should be bringing awareness too. We need to empower every woman to reach their full potential as well as bring awareness to the inequalities in other countries. This includes those that may disagree with us politically. The only way to make informed decisions to learn about both sides of an issue.
We are an educated society, not some 3rd-world country. We should be able to have a civil conversation about our differences in order to find some common ground. As women, we should be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and celebrate all the wonderful things about ourselves, not bash those that don’t agree with us.