“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou
Women’s Lives Matter: Why do Women’s Lives & Issues Matter? Issues affecting women and girls lives matter to me not just because I am a woman, they matter because I believe in gender equity and equal justice for all. Yes, ALL lives matter. I grew up in a household of strong women who weren’t afraid to speak their mind. However, my mom, grandmas, and many of my aunts grew up in a time when there were much more restrictions on women’s career choices and physical movement. Some of them couldn’t go to school because getting an education was the reserve of men, and of boys who were expected to run the household later in life.
My generation benefited from the sacrifices and price my mother and her cohorts paid for us to feel free to do almost anything we wanted to do. It’s easy for some women to thumb their noses at the women’s movement today, but if you take time to read up on history, you’d be shocked to discover that women were considered chattel for many years in the USA. You’d be appalled to learn that there are places in the world today where women are still owned as possessions; like cars and toys. Have you ever asked your Mom what it was like for her growing up? What was it truly like? Not the amnesia induced version … Why is your life different from hers?
“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.” Adrienne Rich
Both of my grandmothers were amazing women who raised large families with skill and wisdom. My paternal grandmother raised my dad alone after her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. She sent him to school during a time when education was not available to all or even considered a road out of poverty. My maternal grandmother was a fierce lady who spoke several languages and raised a household of fifteen children, some of whom died at birth. She watched some of her children’s lives unravel and nursed a few through their darkest moments.
I believe that all women have the potential to live fulfilling lives and that female empowerment must begin with each of us. We must rise above our petty bickering and learn to support and uplift each other. We must stop sabotaging our gender. For every wall we tear down, for every glass ceiling we break, for every stride/demonstration/walk we take for change, we must bring others along with us and mentor the younger generation.
“Women have always been courageous… They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.” Isabel Allende
Why do Women’s Lives & Issues Matter? If you can’t think of a reason, ask the question of someone else and then ponder why you are at a loss for words. Of course, all lives matter … women carry half the sky on this earth, yet, many women around the world live a deferred dream. We need to open our hearts, eyes, and minds to hear our collective voices. We must never forget to speak up for the voiceless.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Everything we do matters to someone. The lives of all humans matter. Girls and women matter. We are connected and our silence over inequities is death. Issues that affect us, affect others around us. Take charge and lift each other up. Women’s lives matter.