A Day for Women: A time to be bold
As we celebrate the 106th annual International Women’s Day there are countless world changing women who have gone before me to make my freedoms possible. These women are often overlooked in history but are true heroes. Many women have worked their entire lives for equality for women and other marginalized groups. I have access to education, the workplace, healthcare and democracy in a way that would not be possible without them.
Here I am, in a comfortable home, with a simple life. Do I recognize the torch that has been passed to me? Do I take up the work that has been handed down and how do I make change?
My work with Route puts the reality of slavery, of abuse, neglect and racism that millions of women around the world are facing everyday in my face. I personally know what it is like to deal with chauvinism and to be seen and treated like an object. I can’t avoid my knowledge that both locally and globally, we have not fully arrived. I’m not a community organizer; my voice isn’t loud or necessarily very clear. But the torch is in my hand and for the girls I see in my neighborhood walking to school everyday and the girls in my community and the daughters of the women who make Route’s pieces, I need to carry it forward.
I don’t have the answers, but I’m willing to accept that I am empowered because of the women who have come before. I am empowered by knowledge and my freedom to make small choices everyday to empower others, to continue to improve the world for the next generation of women who will carry the torch for me.
Be bold. Make change. Know the Route.
Good luck and have fun!