I am strong, I am invincible, I am Woman. – Helen Reddy
Girls just wanna have fun. – Cyndi Lauper
Today is International Women’s Day! Women of the world, I celebrate you all!
According to the International Women’s Day website, “International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
You have certainly achieved much in our history, and for that, you should be proud. However, the mountain you’re climbing, as you well know, is very high, very steep, and very treacherous.
Some men, with their cultures, their religions, their double standards, their smug condescension, their supreme arrogance and horrifying violence do everything they can to break your spirit, to break your will.
And still, you continue the fight; for respect, for equality, for your rightful place in this world, a world to which many of you deliver our next generation. And you love and care for those children the best you can, in the face of any adversity or hardship.
And you laugh and you sing and you dance and you hurt and you cry and you mourn and, most of all, you love.
Oh, yeah; you inspire, as well.
Be proud of who you are, today, women. We men could learn so much from you, if we would just freakin’ admit it.
I admit it. I’m just a little slow to learn, sometimes.
But you have my admiration and respect, today and every day.
Bless you all.