Thursday, March 8, 2018

I am Woman, Hear me Roar

The only thing positive that I can say about the last American election cycle and the eventual outcome of said election cycle is that it has awoken a Women's Movement.

And it's no flash in the pan, trending movement, either. It's a legit rise up, we're here to be seen and heard, and our time is now movement.  It's an exciting time to be a woman.  It's an exciting time to be a mother raising my girls (but also my boy).

I realise more than ever that my messages to my kids are messages to empower them to be strong and to be resilient.  They're messages about character and of hope for change. When my girls come back from school or from playing with neighbourhood kids and share stories of typical childhood conflicts, more and more I find myself telling them that their inaction doesn't teach the other kids how they want to be treated. It's not good enough to hope and wait for them to be better, instead they must demand better.

I find myself telling friends and colleagues the same as well, especially my women friends and colleagues.  If we notice that something isn't right, rather than to just accept things quietly I'm encouraging them to speak up. Only then will people listen.

Too long have women been silent. Too long have we been talked over. Not any more. Even the slightest infraction needs to be addressed, and it doesn't have to be confrontational. It just has to be acknowledged. Only then can we recognize how to be better.

 Our school is recognizing International Women's Day, for the first time that I can remember since I started work here. Normally we're on a week of school trips, but due to a change in calendar we happen to be here. After spending Women's Day in Mongolia last year, I realized that it was a larger day than a protest organized by the Women's March. It is actually a day that many celebrate around the globe, only I had never been in a place where that had happened. I feel proud this year to be a part of the celebration recognizing the accomplishments of women. I hope that it will become something regular so that my girls will grow up knowing that their voices will be heard, too.

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