It is International Women’s Day. I didn’t wear red or purple or stay home from work. I haven’t updated my Facebook profile picture. I’m not opposed to days like this. I want us to celebrate who we are everyday. Today, the two little women I’m thinking of the most are my daughters. Here is what I have to say to them:
Dear MB and K –
Today we celebrate women. Today, I celebrate you. I don’t ever want your gender to define you, limit you or make you afraid. I want you to be who you are.
I want you to make crafts and do flips and dance at parades. I want you to burp and get messy. I want you to be good at math and science and not give up when things get hard. I want you to love and protect your body.
I want you to dream big dreams and make even bigger plans. I want you to make mistakes. I want you to help others and I want you to ask for help when you need it.
I want you to be ambitious. I want you to stand up for your beliefs. I want you to be a voice for those who need you. I want you to hold me accountable to do these things alongside of you.
Being a woman makes us part of a community like no other. Being ourselves is how we make our mark in this community and in our world.
Be strong. Be brave. Be you. Every day I will celebrate you.
What do you want for the women in your life?