We are Women

Written by: Shin Kitane/Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 04:14 AM

We're welcoming Women's Month with a statement:

We are women.

We mean what we say, and we say what we mean.

In today's world filled with fake news and half-meant statements, we thought it would be best to focus our intentions back to the heart of meaning. A lot of women's struggles around the world are tied to the fact that women's voices are often discredited, mocked, and even silenced. How many times has blame been assigned to countless women who encountered harrassment? How many times have women been side-eyed and dismissed as war-freaks, naggers, or angry feminists in the face of speaking up about an issue?

Our victories regarding certain issues have been hard-fought, and they were not rooted in self-doubt. They were won despite the self-doubt imposed on us by a flawed society that, over the years, kept telling us:

You are just a woman. 

You are not good enough.

You're too fat/too skinny/to muscular to be considered beautiful.

Your voice is not valid.

But you know what the wonder in all of it is? That despite some shadows of doubt that may loom on us--through the numbers on the scale, or the catcalls while walking down the street--we women are stubborn. We don't back down.

Haven't you noticed? Here you are, woman, part of a generation of women standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. Those who fought for our rights--to vote, to get an education, to express ourselves freely. Those who had something important to say, and said it, despite the consequences. They are us. We are them. 

We are women. And heck, we say what we mean. And we mean what we say.

 

 

About Shin Kitane
Shin Kitane writes to remember and believes that words have the power to heal, inspire, and move others. She dreams of a world where men and women are treated equally, where race, gender, and religion are not measures of one's worth in society. She is also a book-hoarder and a firm believer in re-watching Mean Girls and Harry Potter multiple times a year. Follow her misadventures @shinkitane on social media.
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