International Women’s Day – May We Know Them, May We Be Them, May We Raise Them.
What is it to be a woman? Does it simply mean we can bear offspring? Is it solely based on our genitalia? Some people certainly view it this way. They view women in a clinical, stereotypical manner, with no room for growth or individuality.
But who’s to say that’s all we are? Aren’t we so much more than what society has declared us to be?
Here’s what it means to be a woman:
I am a human.
I have self-love.
I can make a difference.
I can inspire change.
I rely on my instincts.
I love humanity.
I am a warrior.
Here’s what it does not mean to be a woman:
I have a vagina.
I am timid.
I am overly emotional.
I am a good girl.
I am flirtatious.
I am a wife.
My opinion is not valid.
Today is a day to remember that gender roles should play no part in our developing world. Today is a day to focus on equality for women, with no regards to race, gender identity, appearance, behavior or personality traits.
The only way to rid ourselves of these stereotypes is to take lead from the women before us. Take a stand on what they started. Have a conversation. Make a conversation. BE the conversation.