Society tells us that as a woman we are nurturers, need to be taken care of, are highly emotional, and are only "real" woman" if we are born that way.
We are told that we aren't the best drivers, shouldn't talk about the number of sexual partners we've had, asked questions like "why aren't you married yet? and accused of seeking attention for speaking our truths.
Even through these obstacles, I recognize how many amazing, brave and smart woman have paved the ways for me and my fellow sisters to speak up.
Less than a century ago we were not allow to vote.
Less than 40 years ago, was the first time a woman was seated on the United states supreme court.
Less than 30 years ago rape within marriage was made a crime
and less than 7 years ago the ban against women in military combat positions was removed.
There's no doubt that we've come a very long way, but there is still work to be done.
As a woman & feminist I've learned that it is important to lift each other up, and to meet each other with more compassion and understanding. To lead with love and leave anger and hate at the door even when it seems impossible.
And as Lena Dunham once said “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself.”
I've been blessed to be raised by a wonderful woman and surrounded by strong female figures.
And as I look around at my community I feel a sense of hope, courage and strength that is only growing stronger.
We are privileged each day to wake up and make today better than yesterday,
So here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. | Unknown