To be a woman is amazing.

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In honor of yesterday being International Women’s Day…I wanted to give a little inspirational shout out to all the amazing and badass women out there…

Dear my fellow Women,

You are smart. You are beautiful. You are creative souls with kind hearts. You are daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, friends, neighbors. You are powerful and full of wonder. You have the ability to bear children and you are instilled with maternal instinct. You feel and you express those feelings. You are a warrior. You are more than what you look like, more than what society tells you you are, more than  any gratification a compliment from a man may give you. You are magic, you are superb. You are brilliant and interesting. You have stories that need to be told. Stories that hold lessons that are untouchable if not told by you and only you. Stories that hold true love and heart. Stories about real women, walking through life, finding themselves. Stories that show scars and ways of picking yourself up, overpowering doubt and moving on. You can be everything and anything you want to be.

So often our brilliance is stifled or is misunderstood or our voices go unheard.  Society shapes the ways we get treated and then tries to correct it, only to have media strike again. Walk this way, talk this way, act this way, look this way, cook, clean, be a stay at home mom. For once I just want to see the words…Think. For. Yourself. – Be. Yourself. In any shape or form that is. Own it. Be the woman you always wanted be, and maybe if you look in the mirror hard enough into your soul, you’ll realize she’s been in there all along. Give her permission to shine.

Women are the glue that hold this world together. That hold families together. The ones who create new life. The ones who nurture and care. In my opinion women are BADASS. All women. To be a woman is amazing. It’s not easy, it’s complicated, difficult, at times unmanageable.  Because somehow we’ve been rendered  to have all the answers; all the solutions to all the problems. But we don’t and we never will, but it is amazing. We are women and we are amazing. Tell yourself that and believe it.

Happy Women’s Day!

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Rosie the Riveter

I definitely think of myself as a feminist. It isn’t a dirty word. I believe in women’s dating-fails-feminismempowerment. I believe a woman has the right to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes in, without a man putting her down, or questioning her. I believe women can run empires, build bridges, race cars, play sports. I believe women are more than the clothes they wear, or the whether or not they choose to wear makeup. I believe women are more than their bodies, more than what meets the eye.

It’s 2014, women can be house wives, and care takers, just as much as they can be working moms, run for office or  serve in wars. To each her own, is how it should be. And yet there is still an heir of sexism out there. The age old tale that a woman’s place is in the kitchen or at home with the kids is a load of crap. And any man who actually thinks that, should be ashamed and clearly doesn’t value the women in his life, ie: his own mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, etc. If you can disrespect one woman’s values, you disrespect us all.

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Rosie the Riveter…

A “cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies.These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. “Rosie the Riveter” is commonly used as a symbol of feminism and women’s economic power,” (Wikipedia).

I’ve always been intrigued by this iconic poster, but I never fully knew what it stood for. So I thought I’d check in on it, and rally in it’s true support of feminism. We are girls, young ladies, young women. We are strong. Our bodies are designed to endure things that the male species couldn’t even comprehend; we give birth to new life. We are fighters. We are women. And we will be heard.

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