Today—and everyday—I celebrate:

 

  • Women who are told to stay quiet by men and other women; speak—as loud or often as you want—I hear you, your voice and your thoughts matter, your experiences are valid, I care, and I am listening.
  • Women who are in classrooms, tired of reading and learning about the success, thoughts, and experiences of white, Christian, able-bodied, cisgender, women; our brown and black and yellow and Jewish and Muslim and disabled and sick and LGBT+ sisters exist—just as you do!—and have made valuable contributions to society and the world.
  • Those who know the dangers of a man who has tasted the fear of women and has the understanding that society will always protect him from any consequences; I am here with you—I always look for exits, stay in a crowd, walk with my key in between my knuckles, carry two pepper sprays, and always have my phone on me too—I am here with you, we are walking together.
  • Those women who try to be everything to someone; you are enough, you are enough, you are enough.
  • The mothers who work two jobs, the mothers who are fighting to get their children back, the mothers who are tired, the mothers who just put their child in a group home, the mothers who just berried their child, the mothers who pay child support, the mothers who have teenagers, the disabled mothers, the single mothers, the divorced or married mothers, the mothers who became mothers from a drunk one night stand, the mothers who couldn’t afford an abortion, the mothers who adopted, the mothers who pay alimony, the mothers who put their dreams on hold, the mothers who regret being mothers, the mothers who live with their abusers, the mothers who are mothers because of rape, the teenage mothers, the mothers who had an abortion; I love you, I love you, I love you.
  • The women who love sex and are vilified for it; own your sexuality, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
  • The sex workers.
  • The strippers.
  • The child brides; I’m sorry we keep failing you.
  • Women who don’t want to get married.
  • Women who don’t want to have kids.
  • Women who put their trust in the wrong man, who were traumatized by it, and still get up every day.
  • Women who don’t have mothers.
  • Women who are taking care of their siblings.
  • Women who just bought a house.
  • Women who just lost everything.
  • Women with college degrees who work at a minimum paying job.
  • Women who came to the United States for a better life.
  • Women in STEM
  • Disabled women who fight for a seat at the table, who fight for equal access to healthcare, education, housing, immigration, and justice
  • Biracial women who don’t exactly fit in anywhere.
  • Women who had no one there with her during the sexual assault forensic exam (rape kit)
  • Women who didn’t know—or still don’t understand why—her consent is needed or why it matters.
  • Women who have to remind themselves to breathe.
  • Women who reported their rape, women who didn’t, women who are still deciding.
  • Women who take off their hijab because they want too, women who take off their hijab because society judges them otherwise, women who take off their hijab in defiance of their husbands; women who wear their hijab in pride and out of choice.
  • Women who hate their skin color. Women who are learning to love the color of their skin
  • Women who hate the size of their breasts and ass and hips and thighs.
  • Women who wear makeup, color and straighten their hair; women who refuse to shave, women who cut off all their hair.
  • Women who are devout. Women who have found their faith. Women who are still looking. Women who are atheists
  • Women who are jealous and envious of other women.
  • Women who are poor, women who are homeless
  • Women who remind other women that they are loved, they exist, they matter, their experiences and thoughts are valid; thank you for your words
  • Women who are learning to love themselves.
  • Women who are learning the pleasures of food and feeling full.
  • Women who are gaining weight.
  • Women who masturbate.
  • Women who kissed a girl–and liked it.
  • Women who hate kissing.
  • Women who fell in love for the first time
  • Women who finally said no–and didn’t feel guilty
  • Women who stopped appologising
  • Women who are more than their disability, more than their skin color, more than their sexual orientation, more than their religion
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