Being A Woman
Being a woman is the f**king best.
I used to think it might be fun to be a man... for the beefier biceps and better chances at dance auditions. But if I'm being honest, I wouldn't trade being a woman, at this particular time and place, for anything.
It's important to note:
I'm one of the lucky ones.
I was brought up by a nurturing, independent, strong, and radiant woman, who was brought up by the same. I wore dresses some days and ripped boy jeans on others. I got plenty of opportunities to learn and get creative in school/dance class/extracurricular activities. My first kiss and my first love were really, truly kind to me. I got to participate in sports and sciences from a young age, and always held my own. I outlasted the boys in pizza eating contests in junior high, and fully committed to lip synching to Baz Luhrman and Robin Williams quotes on dance competition stages from 15-18. Nobody gave me sh*t for any of it. I was, and still am, free as a bird to dress like a boy and speak my mind. Nowadays, so many badass women light up the world around me and inspire me to no end. Activists, multi-hyphenate creators, entrepreneurs, mothers, and CEO's... my world of women is, without question, limitless.
Women and men in other places, at other times, haven't been so lucky.
The rigid structures put in place by weird conservative agendas often force their citizens to play outdated gender roles, with sh*tty consequences. Putting people in boxes tends to stunt their future growth. But women around the world are busting out of those boxes and rising to achieve more than once thought possible. Women and those who champion them are solving global issues and raising awareness, giving voices to the voiceless. Yes, there are pay gaps, and body image issues. Yes, there is widespread, often unacknowledged sexual harassment and assault. But women are stronger and more united than they ever were, and good people are supporting women on their journey to freedom and equality.
I have never been so proud, inspired, and delighted to be a woman.
Below are some of the women I have to thank for that state of pride, inspiration, and delight:
***There are so many more... I could go on and on.