“My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could, too.” - Mia Hamm
To the woman made to feel inferior, not good enough, or less than, let this be your anthem of strength.
In American history, there were many things women couldn't do simply because of their gender.
Women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. Women weren’t allowed to use birth control until 1972, even though the first contraceptive was available in 1960. It was not acceptable for women to wear pants in public until the 1960s. Pregnant women couldn't work until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibited discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. The first American woman didn’t travel to outer space until 1984. And the first woman wasn't voted into office as the Vice President of the United States until 2021.
Today we are now doing more things because we are women. We have unique perspectives and intuition that are hard to ignore. And this gives us the strength and determination to achieve more and to strive for more.
Today, women are having children on their own through surrogacy, In Vitro Fertilization, and adoption. They’re serving in the military and running professional sports teams. They’re running their own business and becoming multi-million dollar moguls. And they’re representing our nation as elected political officials.
While we may still have so much farther to go, let’s celebrate how far we have come. Then look how far you have come and how much farther you can go.
When we lift we each other up, we all rise.
All the women who have come before us and raised their voices believed in themselves and what they stood for. As a result, they helped make the impossible possible for us. These women have shown us what can be done and what still can be done to advance women in society. Their achievements serve to empower us to take steps toward our own goals. Their success is proof that we can all make our dreams come true. It is just a matter of time.
Womanhood is your superpower. Let your womanhood be a source of strength not weakness. Just like the women that have come before us, combine your unique set of talents, skills, qualities, and traits with your passion, experience, and wisdom to make a difference in the world.
You matter. Your thoughts, ideas, and opinions matter. Your goals and dreams matter. Your voice matters. Use it to advocate for change. Use it to improve your life and the lives of others. Use it to create a better world for us all.
You owe it to yourself. Together, we owe it to them.