When I think about the remarkable women that have paved the way for girls like me, to do more, I think about the quality of women. Not just the quantity. If we take a look back into time, we’ll see the incredible women that have come before us, working hard, being cut down and dealing with sexism and racism. Struggling just to get a foot in the door, let alone to sit at the table. In those times, the closest most women could get to the table, was if they were serving or cleaning it. They weren’t able to have the opportunity to be leaders, to set at the head of the table and call the shots.
When I think about those pioneers, I think two of the recent, that we’ve lost. Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou. Two of the most remarkable trailblazers in the history of our world. Women, who when faced with heartaches and troubles, didn’t walk away and cry. They didn’t try to ask for the mountain to be moved. They asked for the strength to climb. Women like these, who were told No, but refused to listen to it, let alone accept it.
Because of women like these, women like Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, and many more are to stand on their shoulders. We all able to walk the roads that they’ve created and walk them with our heads held high. As women, we are exposed to sorts of things and we are tested. Our strength gets tested, our pride gets tested, our patience gets tested and our faith can, too. We are often forced to deal with situations and circumstances that would drive Men crazy!
Even something like, “The time of the Month”. Men couldn’t handle that, for nothing in the world! And we all know that. But, we are all challenged. And we’re expected to handle everything and do it with grace, style and most of the time, in heels. But, what we really need to do, is stop being afraid. We need to stop being afraid to admit our flaws and failures. We’re not alone. We all get nervous. We all get scared. We all get excited. And we all want to be able to do everything that we want and dream of. Every one of us have dreams. Maybe it’s going back to school to get that degree. Maybe it’s starting a family. Maybe it’s going for that job promotion that you’re nervous about or asking for a raise. Maybe it’s creating your own business. Regardless of what it is, we all have dreams and fears. We all know what’s like to chase a dream or try to accomplish a goal. These are the times, when she should admit to ourselves, that we’re afraid. But, have the prudence to know that fear is not going to fix anything. Fear hinders. It never helps.
There will always be something that will challenge us. But, you know what? There’s greatness in challenge. Our strength is renewed in challenges. It reminds me of phrase said, by one of my favorite people. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water!” And that is so true. We are always in tough situations and those are often times the moments when we are at our best. Even when we’re feeling our worse.
We’ve got many facets to us. We’ve got beauty inside and out. And we’ve got the power to do anything that we set our minds to. We’ve just got to embrace, celebrate and use that power. Responsibly.