In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on February 28. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913. (quoted from www.internationalwomensday.com.
The theme this year is #BreaktheBias.
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. (credit: www.internationalwomensday.com)
I’ve never really “researched” the history of this day until I began writing this blog. I was just like, “Yay, us! We have a day to celebrate each other and give props to all our sisters out there.” End of story. Then I got curious. What IS this day all about? HOW did it get started and WHY? So, off I went to see if there was a website dedicated to the day, and of course there was. I urge everyone to go check it out. I’ve linked it twice above.
In honor of our special day, here are six badass women from my own personal life I really truly believe the world needs to know all about.
Aunt Connie: Her childhood aside, she’s survived so much, from a divorce, to another husband’s death, to various illnesses and overcoming life’s obstacles in general. She will give you the last $5 she has if asked for it, she will donate her heart and time to anyone in need. She prays for EVERYONE, and always has a warm smile at the ready. (hugs are a different subject, but alas, none of us are perfect). She’s my every day shero and though I tell her all the time how amazing she is, I don’t think she ever fully grasps that fact. She may be my Aunt, but we are really sisters welded together through this thing we call life. She’s one of the most important people in my life, as I constantly tell her. I love her with my entire heart.
My mom: Again, her childhood was messy. She was still a child when she had me. We had a rough go of it for the first couple of decades of my life, given that she and I basically grew up together in a lot of ways, and we are more alike than not. These days, I find myself encouraged by her tenacity, resilience, and downright stubbornness. If you tell that woman she can’t do something, she will not only DO it, but will do it TWICE as better as you and then take pictures and mail ’em to ya as proof. Yeah, she’s badass. I love her the mostestest.
Karen: My best friend since my 20’s. This lady literally saved my life and believed in me when I wanted to give up on life. She taught me about living life on MY terms, to never take any guff from anyone, and she is always good for gut splitting laughs. She has taken so much on her shoulders, and never complains. She’s stronger than she realizes, and her example of carrying on through this shit show of life is what I base so much of my own daily activity on. She’s my soul mate sister and I love her so.
Amy: We started out as coworkers in the early 2000s, became roomies, and grew to be sisters from other misters. Amy has not let life jade her. She cares, truly cares, about people. She wears her heart on her sleeve and will help at a moment’s notice. She’s always up for a great time with loved ones, her family IS HER HEART, and as busy as she is, I know without a doubt, she will drop what she’s doing to talk with me if I truly needed her. I love her and treasure the life we lived together in the past, the hilarious adventures we always seemed to find ourselves in (nearly 100% at my urging) and I’m blessed to have her in my life to this day. I love her dearly.
Marty: We don’t talk every day, every week, or every month these days due to “life”, but I know I can pick up the phone and call my Mary Kay Director turned dear friend and she will take the time to talk to me, always cheerful, always full of wisdom and never EVER leaving me without a word of encouragement and prayer. She opened her home to me when I had no where else to turn at one time, helped me get a car when mine was repo’d, and basically cheered me on as I rebuilt my life, again, and again. I am the woman I am today due, in part, to her belief in me. I’ll always love her and carry a special place in my heart for her.
Billie Jayne DeVille: We have yet to meet face to face, but this lady has already etched herself into my heart and life in ways I don’t believe she’s even aware. Billie is beautiful, tenacious, headstrong, a HARD worker, and full of life to live. She offered me an opportunity to be a part of her magazine and pinup world a while back, and it’s been one of the most FUN things I’ve ever been associated with. We have become like sisters, and her inspiring messages to me always arrive right on time. She’s not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. Our shared love of cats and Schitt’s Creek solidified her as family in my book. I tell her all the time I love her, and I mean it.
Who are YOU inspired by in your life? What woman helped shape you into the person you are today? I’d love to hear all about them! Let me know, and in the meantime, if you are a woman reading this just know I am so proud of you, whether we know each other or not! YOU ARE AMAZING, YOU ARE LOVED and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO, IF YOU WILL ONLY BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, PRAY, PREPARE, AND GET TO WORK!
This blog post is dedicated to ALL the brave souls fighting for their lives and country in Ukraine, especially the women who’ve decided to stay and fight.