Happy International Women’s Day!
2018 seems to have become the year of women. So far, we’ve seen the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with seemingly the full support of the world. Well, most of the world. Here in the US, more women than ever before are running for office on all levels. NPR reported in February that there are, at latest count, 481 women running for US House and Senate seats. Emily’s List says that they have over 34,000 women ready to run with another 8,000+ ready to help them win. 2018 is setting itself up to be the year where Women are going make a big change in the world.
Today, I wanted to share a list of the women who inspire me. These are the women, both in my own life and around the world, who make me want to do better. Before that, one more thought for my fellow women in the United States.
Remember to register to vote and vote. The midterm elections will be here before we know it and if you are just as concerned about the current state of the country as I am, you know that voting is the best chance we have to make a change. Remember to support candidates who do not accept donations from the NRA. Remember to support pro-choice and pro-women candidates. Remember to support candidates who support DREAMERS.
Okay, now to get to the fun part!
I’m sure that most of you would say that your mom inspires you. Moms are inspiring, whether you want to be a mom or not. With my mom though, I truly believe that she is a superhero. She did everything she could to make sure she could be home before and after school for my brother and I. She is irreplaceable in her workplace. She was determined, after 30 years, to finally finish her bachelor’s degree and did. With honors! She is a breast cancer survivor. She’s my mom. I could go on and on about my mom and everything she does to inspire me but that could be a book. Mom, if you’re reading this: keep being a badass!
What can I even say about Michelle Obama that hasn’t been said before. This woman is just incredible. She is so inspiring. She is the epitome of class, grace, and intellect. I fully believe that she may be the best first lady in my life time. When ever this woman says or does anything, you know she is doing good. She is working towards making the world a better place.
Favorite quote: “Let’s be very clear: Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”
And of course…
“When they go low, we go high.”
Rowling’s story is my writer inspiration. She was told “no” so many times about Harry Potter. Now, she is one of the most beloved writers of all time with one of the most popular book series of all time.
While we’re referencing Harry Potter, lets talk for a second about Emma Watson. This actress has turned into an activist who her young fans can look up to. She became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and consistently stands up for Women’s rights and equality. She is the real life Herminone Granger.
There are dozens of other women who inspire me every day. Who inspires you? What are you doing to celebrate International Women’s Day? Share in the comments.