Happy International Women’s Day to all my strong ladies, even those who don’t quite think they’re strong yet. (Spoiler: You are!)
I know this is mostly a silly, made-up day, like all the other International _____ Days, but I like this one. It’s a good one. It’s a great one for little girls everywhere.
My #PledgeForParity for #IWD2016 is to be conscious in my effort in being available to help women and girls achieve their ambition; and in my professional career, create inclusive, and flexible cultures. What’s yours? Make a pledge at iwd.com. Share your pledge with me in the comments!
While I try not to let my achievements or failures define me, I do take pride in milestones I have met that were not always so easy for ladies to get to – the sports and athletics I participate in, the role and level of my career, the money I make – I know that once upon a time, those things weren’t so available and achievable by women.
I am grateful, I am proud. I’ve worked for it.
It assures me of my strength to have these things, more so, to have these things in addition to my role as a “woman.” Note the quotes. I do not, in any way, shy away from the stereotypical woman’s role, you know, the stuff feminists will find reasons to argue about. If that’s you, I respectful disagree and tend to think you’re ridiculous.
Being a strong woman is important to me, personally and professionally for obvious reasons. I want to be successful; I want my time on this planet to matter. More importantly (to me) though, is to be a good example for my son. He needs to know what a strong woman is and isn’t. I want him to know how valuable it is to treat a woman with respect that deserves respect. I put effort into my craft, professionally and personally, for my husband, to be his pillar of strength and act as the foundation he can fall to and find refuge when he needs it. This is where I don’t see eye to eye with feminists. I don’t see any shame or feel any sort of degradation from turning off #ProfessionalPatty after work and coming home to play the role of housekeeper, mother and wife. Ya damn right I’m making my husband a sandwich, and it’s gonna be the best goddamn sandwich he’ll ever have.
Anyways. All I’m saying is I embrace all facets of being a woman, and what it means to me, because at the end of the day, that’s what matters.
Whatever makes you a strong woman, don’t give it up because of social pressures or other outside influences. The only perspective that you need to focus on is yours. Everything else will fall into place, just own it. Be you, be confident.
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