Bear with me, this isn’t really a political post……
I marched on Saturday here in St. Petersburg. It was an amazing experience, I’m so proud of our town and the 20,000 people that came out to march. I brought my 2 girls ages 13 and 10 with me so that they could experience the March. I really wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I wrong. I mean the emotion, volume and all women uniting was amazing. My 13 year old asked why I was marching, I proudly said “because I’m a feminist and because I believe that global warming is the single largest issue affecting our planet (admittedly my opinion)”. My daughter looked at me like I had grown another head! She asked, “Why would I call myself a feminist!” It was as if I had just said a bad word. So together among the 20,000 plus people with cell phones at the March, we slowly looked up the definition of feminism.
Feminism: the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes
My daughter says to me, “Oh, ok!”
It was such an a-ha moment, what woman doesn’t want equality? Since when is wanting to be an equal a “bad word”. Political views aside, women are still not equals. Women still have injustices thrust upon them everyday simply because they are women.
Ironically (or not?), Lifetime premiered the remake of Beaches on Saturday night, a movie about an amazing friendship where at the end of the day, the main women empowered each other to ultimately become better women. Shouldn’t we all do this everyday? We should teach our girls that they can be anything they want to be and ANYTHING isn’t something they should be ashamed of. As women, we should try to build each other up, support each other, and be better friends to each other. If my girls learned a little bit more about being a strong woman it was a win for me and for them!
One sign summed up my whole day and has continued to stay with me, “Snowflakes make avalanches”.
“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy