I’ve always been one to embrace the power and strength that we as women have and I’ve been SO lucky for all the amazing women I’ve had the opportunity to learn and continue learning from.
Growing up my mom would tell (and still tells) my sister and I that we can do anything and be anything we want. We never heard the phrase “that’s a man’s job”. I love that my parents are so equal. My sister and I weren’t raised in a house with “blue jobs” and “pink jobs”. My parents both cook, clean, take the garbage out, make the bed, iron shirts, etc. Sure, there are roles that my mom and dad have their strengths in, but for the majority of things, they are very equal. My dad loves cookbooks and my mom loves Home Depot. My mom taught us how to build an awesome campfire and how to use a hammer, and my dad taught us how to clean the dishes as we cook and how to read a recipe. My parents both taught us how to golf, drive, vote, open a bank account, read a map, BBQ a steak, etc.
My parents have taught my sister and I what a good relationship should be. What a marriage should be. Their marriage is exactly what I wanted my marriage to be and I’m so lucky to have married a man who views women as equals just as much as my Dad does.
I love the opportunities I have as a woman and I’m grateful every day to be in a country where women are treated with just as much respect as men.
I never preach the fact that I’m a ‘feminist’, but I do think it every day. I am a feminist because I see men and women as equal beings. Sure, I might want a ‘man’ to change the tire for me, or take the garbage out. But it doesn’t mean I couldn’t do it just as well. Sure, a man’s biological makeup may make him physically stronger, but I never think that I can’t do anything a man can’t do – but don’t get me wrong…I’m not about to start lifting 60 lb weights…I’ll stick to my 8 lbs!
I am SO PROUD to be a woman, especially today on International Women’s Day and I am so proud of the men in my life who support the equality of us girls. Girl POWER.