As a woman, we are born into a position considered meek by many. We make many strides to keep up with our male counterparts and in some instances, we succeed. In many others, we do not.
We take great long leaps, jumping, striving and achieving to become equal. We are given orders and little boxes to check ourselves in. We must be a mother, friend, daughter, sister, and lover. We want to be an employer, manager, CEO, and doctor. We are given a voice but are made to believe it isn't loud enough.
Sometimes we hear, "I am woman, hear me roar", but don't know how to roar loud enough. We chant, we shout, we roar as loud as our lungs are able and still are not heard. Some of us still don't know how to use our voices and some of us roar as loud as we can to give a voice to our silent sisters.
We are all women. Internally, we sigh I am woman.
These words are not an attack, but an embrace. Don't use my identification as a means to start a war. This is me stating who I am. We say these words in unison and to join together, not to create a divide. The divide that you see was already there and was not created by us.
We only want to love, be free, and content in this life that was given to us. Not told that we can't, we shouldn't, and no. No is the word that haunts our nightmares and our dreams.
Tell me I can. Tell her she can from the very first moment she opens her eyes. Tell her she can take great strides in her life and she can prosper and thrive. Tell her anything is possible and when she thinks she has dreamed her wildest dream; she's only just beginning. Tell her she can do it all and more.
Tell her she is woman.