Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 8, 2017) is International Women’s Day, so I wanted to dedicate today’s post to all the hardworking women out there, especially those who have inspired me throughout my life.
As I was growing up, I constantly noticed that there were double standards for girls and boys. The boys in my life were allowed to do things that I was always told not to do or they would get away with doing things that I would get punished for, and I hated it. Over time, I was told and heard many different things when it came to those double standards. Things like, “It’s okay, you’re just a girl,” “It’s because you’re a girl,” “Well… She’s a girl,” but the absolute worst was, “You’re a girl, so it really doesn’t matter.”
There are so many women who have inspired me over the years, some who I’ve read or learned about, some who create pieces of art I admire, and even some who I’ve met and became close with. Women like, Michelle Obama, J.K. Rowling, Meryl Streep, Anne Frank, Shay Mitchell, Arden Cho, Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Megan Batoon, Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, and so much more. I am so thankful to have been influenced by these strong women who have taught me to fight for what I believe is right and not settle for whatever the world says is the norm.
Now that I’m older, the double standards for men and women have gotten worse. I do not support or believe in any of those double standards. Little girls today do not deserve to think that they are lesser than any boy, “just because they’re a girl.” I want to make a difference and although I can’t change the world, I can #BeBoldForChange and you can, too.
Learn more about this year’s International Women’s Day and what you can do to contribute here.
Here’s to strong women
May we know them
May we be them
May we raise them