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I grew up with three brothers and my mother. As strong as my brothers are, my mother is the strongest woman I’ve ever met. She influenced me in ways that I will forever be grateful for. My mother’s resilience and compassion taught me how to treat people. She is the type of woman I aspire to be.
I'm a strong believer in women helping each other to grow and become better people. It is vital that women work together to make the world a better place instead of bringing each other down. Women need to come together more than ever before. The recent Women’s March brought millions across the United States in unity. We are still fighting for our rights and showing the world that we are resilient human beings. There will also be another one-day strike on March 8, 2017 called "A Day without a Woman,” which coincides with International Women’s Day.
Female empowerment is a beautiful thing. As a woman, I struggle at times with just the sole fact that I am a female. We live in a world where aesthetics and beauty rule society. Any place you go or even when watching television, it’s assumed that is the standard of what a woman needs to look like. When in reality we all come in different shapes and from different backgrounds. We are living in a world trying to love yourselves, but society constantly tells us not to. I can’t put the blame only on the media or society; it starts within us women because we are the change we want to see. I constantly see women on social media bring each other down with negativity instead of raising each other up. I see women fighting over a man who doesn’t value either of them. Instead of inflicting pain onto each other, we need to begin to heal each other. We need to push each other to pursue our goals and when we feel like giving up we are here to encourage each other.
One of my favorite poets, Rupi Kaur, emphasizes that women have much more to offer than their beauty.
“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”
I dedicate this poem to all the women in the world who don’t believe they are good enough in this society. This is for the women who are brave enough to step out of their comfort zone and battle till the very end. This is to the women who are role models to other women. This is to every woman, that you are more than just beautiful, you are a queen.
We all know women from our mothers, sisters, daughters and even our friends. I have three nieces and I do my best to set a good example for these girls. The world is a relentless place to live in and I want these girls to know they don’t have to face the challenges the world throws at them alone. The biggest thing we can do for each other as women is to want the best for each other, and not settle for any less than that. We must set examples for the future women of the next generation. To the little girls out there who want to be doctors, lawyers, teachers and even president of the United States of America, you can accomplish your dreams.