Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrating Women

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. 

This is why we should celebrate being who we are:
  • Women are natural nurturers. As moms, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, we give sage wisdom, support and encouragement. We kiss boo-boos, nurse cuts and bruises, and give hugs when the boy we crushed on asked somebody else to the dance.
  • Women are multi-taskers. We can have a load of laundry going, converse on the phone while a meal is being cooked, correct a child's homework, and still not let you go out looking like that. 
  • Women are connectors. Because we love to engage in conversation, we have girls night out, girl-talk, mommies groups, wine diva groups, and just about any other reason to simply get together and connect. 
  • Women are resourceful. I'm thinking Mrs. Ingalls resourceful, who cooked on one wood-burning stove, made Pa, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace's clothes, cooked pie from scratch and made all of the family Christmas gifts by hand. The pioneering spirit lives on in women today. Though we have modern amenities to make life "easier", who else but mom or aunt or sister can throw together a last-minute Halloween costume or bake 300 cupcakes for the school bake sale - the night before!
  • Women are strong. We give birth, help others to give birth, nurse an entire household that is sick (and still keep the house in order, after SHE catches what everybody else has), stand firm when a loved-one decides to leave and never return, and love on when our hearts are broken.
  • Women are persistent. Though we have made strides in modern times, women are still paid less than their male counterparts in the marketplace. In response, women have started more business in the last ten years, created jobs, taken over some industries such as marketing and P.R., and mentor other young women and other entrepreneurs toward success and leadership.
  • Women give birth to leaders. This is my favorite thing about women. Though we can't change our personal and historical past, we can shape and mold the future through the generations that will come after us. Women can teach sons how to be men of valor, honor and integrity. They can also teach daughters to be women of beauty, strength, and courage.

Women, let's be proud of who we are, and let us honor each other in the spirit of sisterhood and friendship. 

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