Girl Power on International Women’s Day

Today on March, 8, 2018, we all should be celebrating International Women’s Day.  I mean what a time to be a woman. What a time to be a girl. What a time to be female. What a time it is. It’s amazing!

I wanted a daughter for so many reasons. I wanted someone who could identify with me and lover the skin she’s in. See beauty in herself and those around her. See the beauty in being a girl and eventually a woman. That saw the beauty in being black. The loves herself and knows that I love her and adore her. I wanted a daughter because I wanted her to know that it’s ok to be whatever she wants, that gender doesn’t mean anything when you put your mind to something and work hard. I wanted to teach someone about all those that have paved the way for our gender and our race. I wanted her. I got her and I’m so proud of my little girl.

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Today holds so much significance. It’s all about being “Woman” and being “Proud”. Learning and Educating and Making Things Happen.

As a mother first and always, I celebrate being women, being a mom, being a mom to a baby girl, being a mom to a preemie baby girl, being a Black woman, being a mother to a Black girl, and just being in this world and having a voice and platform to express myself.

I celebrate my mother, who without, I wouldn’t be able to function.

I celebrate my aunts and my cousins that are women excellence.

I celebrate my best friends and my girlfriends for their strength.

I celebrate any woman who struggles with mental health and disability.

I celebrate women of color. I proudly celebrate women of color.

I celebrate my latina, my native american, my muslim, my asian, my multi-racial women and all those not mentioned.

I celebrate my bi-sexual sisters.

I celebrate women that have paved the way for me and others like me.

I celebrate the pure power that being a woman holds.

I celebrate women from every country and across the world.

I celebrate woman who are open about their sexuality and proud of who they are.

I uplift any woman who is suffering or struggling or in need or in pain or sad or in despair.

I pray for the women with hate in their hearts that can’t see the unity in her gender.

We Can Accomplish so many things when we stick together. We all need a reminder of that!

I reflected a little today on women that inspire me. There are so many unspoken names and unsung heroes that I look to. Women without recognition. Right now, this world is all about women and what we are doing. On another note, anyone who truly knows me, knows I’m all about a list. I make list to calm my nerves, and I started writing one, almost a year ago on all the women that I found to be inspiring and profound, just because I wanted to be able to name some women if Morgan ever asked.  Here are a few from my list. Click on their link to read about who they are…Maybe I’ll share the list by next International Women’s Day.

Angela Rye

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Lena Waithe

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Massy Arias

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Sloane Stephans

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Frida Kahlo 

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Soledad O’Brien 

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Issa Rae

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So many websites that I follow had wonderful interviews and displays of womanhood that I thought I’d share a few that I found interesting.

Refinery 29 – Michelle Obama Talks To R29 About The Power Of Girls’ Education

Refinery 29 – Bitch, Slut, Spinster & 5 Other Words Women Have Reclaimed

Bustle – 16 TV Shows & Movies To Watch On International Women’s Day If You Want To Support Women-Led Projects

The Washington Post – I thought International Women’s Day was meaningless until I saw a pink hat on the Washington Monument

People – Shop All the Empowering Feminist Clothing Stars Have Worn

Lenny Letter – Finally Telling My Daughter About My First Husband … and His Death

 

Peace, Love & Womanhood,

L’Erin

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(all art and photos found on yahoo)

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