Today we celebrate International Women’s Day for many reasons. Women should be celebrated for everything we have accomplished over time. Together we have broken down barriers, discrimination, abuse etc. and shown the world how strong women can be. A message from the United Nations states:
“This International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the importance of achieving equality for women and girls not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.
Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.
The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”
Today I’d like to celebrate “strong” women. I love going through my instagram feed and seeing so many females getting into fitness and weight training. It is truly awesome to see that women have not only broken through discrimination in the work place, but also the gym!! A few years ago you would never see a girl heading over to the weight rack! Women didn’t even know where to start using weight machines… Look at us now! We have so many resources and female trainers guiding the way for women to attain fit and feminine physiques! We are paving the way for future generations to have beautiful, fit, and confident women around the world! Getting strong physically also enables women to feel strong mentally so we keep on pushing for women’s equality socially and in the workplace.
I also want to celebrate the strongest woman I know. Through thick and thin she has shown her strength. My Mom.
My beautiful Mother has raised me into the strong woman I am today. She is my #1 role model. I have watched her raise me and two other children always going above and beyond for us. She worked full time as a teacher and cared for all of her students putting in more effort than most teachers would care to do. She’s a military wife, constantly caring for her household while my Father was deployed and supporting him and the military community. At age 40 she had my little sister and took care of her as an infant, with 2 teenagers and a husband in Iraq. At age 44 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a series of treatments, a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. She never showed her pain or weariness. She always pushed forward. The doctors have recently been treating cancer in a bone in her pelvis and a spot on her liver. She is currently doing chemotherapy treatments once again.
When people send praises my way on what I have accomplished I remind myself of the strong woman who raised me up to who I am today. Without her guiding the way, I don’t think I would be where I am today. Thank you Mom! I love you!