They say you become like the five people you hang out with the most.
It’s so unbelievably important to surround yourself with people who lift you up and route for your success as much as their own. For those of you who don’t know, March is National Women’s History Month and today is #InternationalWomensDay.
This day allows us to come together and celebrate strong, powerful women who have impacted the lives and future lives of so many. Girls are now able to grow up believing that they are able to accomplish anything their male counterparts can. They don’t perceive differences due to gender in the way that generations before them have. We all have the women who came before us to thank for that. Those who were willing to stand up for what they believed in, big or small. Those who continue to pave the way.
We, as a younger generation of women, need to remember all of the great strides that have taken place before us. We need to lift each other up instead of tearing each other’s successes down. It’s important to remember that someone else’s success does not take away from your own. As women we constantly feel as though we are in competition with one another, when in-fact we are all on the same team. We are all up against the same odds of inequalities and indignities in our personal and potentially our professional lives. With so many issues still ahead of us, why would we not unify? Why would we not celebrate another woman’s success?
Feminism is not a negative thing.
The term “feminism” tends to have a negative connotation. People hear feminism and think rally’s and marches and dread locks and male hate. These are part of a larger stereotype that needs to be broken in order to effectively address of all the issues I hope my future children never have to face. Women are already strong, feminism is not trying to prove that. Feminism is simply trying to change the conversation and shed light on issues that have long been avoided.
There are many strides that have to be made.
There are still wage gaps that need to be closed. There are far too few women executives in the United States. Even some of the most powerful women in the country STILL have to deal with harassment in the workplace (ie. Megyn Kelly). There is a stigma that in order to be a successful business woman you have to appear hard and unemotional. To be successful you have to choose between a family and a career. Internationally. there are still far too few women who are able to receive a basic education or basic human rights because of their gender.
Tremendous strides have been made and should be celebrated, it’s important to remember all the work that still has to be done. So surround yourself with people you want to be like. Surround yourself with people that challenge you and bring out your best self. Surround yourself with women who have goals and work towards them. Surround yourself with women that inspire you to be the best you, and never settle. Don’t allow people in your life that bring anything less, and ALWAYS lift up the woman next to you.
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them.