Oh my goodness, I feel so out of touch! I was out of the office for almost an entire week for a training. When I was there, I was getting ready to leave, or getting settled back in. I even missed International Women’s Day… shame on me. I will do my best to make up for it, I promise.
Many awesome things happened on International Women’s Day. There were a few different worldwide initiatives and efforts to bring awareness to the situation of many women across the planet. Organizations like Women Thrive Worldwide made the day a huge event. The New York Times created this collection of photographs to show the importance of educating and empowering women: Take a look. It’s amazing.
I don’t know about you, but when I look at something like that, at first I’m inspired but I quickly become overwhelmed. There is so much inequality and struggling in the world that or little organization can barely keep up with the struggles in our community, let alone the whole world. So, I do what I always do whenever I start to feel overwhelmed. I eat my elephant one bite at a time. And for a little person, I have quite the appetite 😉
My first effort for Women’s Day was to tell the women I admire in my life how much they have influenced and inspired me. We all know women who seem to single-handedly make sure the earth still spins. We all know women who are the source of strength for everyone they know. We all know women who have shaped us into the people we are. I wanted to take a moment to tell my Mother, on International Women’s Day, that she is making a difference in the world just by being who she is and by encouraging me to be who I am.
Maybe it’s a mentor that has made an impact on you. Maybe it’s a teacher. Maybe it’s a boss. A sister. Whoever it is. let that woman know that she has empowered you. She matters. Positive, strong female role models are so important in the development of a strong girl.
Let’s face it; it’s the individuals in our lives that will change our world. This year for Women’s Day, let’s not only acknowledge the poverty and plight of women around the world, but let’s acknowledge and praise the women in our lives who are so very seldomly recognized for all they do. Then. wipe your mouth because you just finished your first bite of elephant.