It’s always inspiring to see women all over the world be recognized in so many ways. Today we celebrate International Women’s Day and will likely see trending hashtags such as #WomensDay and #adaywithoutwomen. The ‘Day Without Women’ is a movement where according to the Women’s March website, ” is to recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socioeconomic system, while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity.” YouTube has also created the #HerVoiceIsMyVoice channel to also celebrate and honor international women around the world.
In my book, women’s day is every single day of the calendar year. I come from a family lineage of strong, nurturing, caring and tenacious women. I learned so much from listening and watching these women speak their mind and make a difference in the lives of those around them. My mother Sabina was one of the biggest influences in my life and in the lives of all her children. She had a keen intuition and sense of wisdom, but most of all she had heart and strength like no one I knew. The young little country girl who lost her parents at a very young age had to grow up quickly and find her way in life. She later became the loving family matriarch in the big city of New York. She was a devoted mother and a wife who never allowed anyone to shut down her opinion (and boy did she have one). She showed me to always stand my ground and never allow anyone to take my power away. She had integrity, grace and much pride. This didn’t mean she didn’t have her softer moments. As much as she was a stern disciplinarian, she also had an enormous heart and in turn, that is the measure of being a great women. You can have high standards, be assertive and vocal about your point of view. But in the end, you can be compassionate and kind hearted towards others. I am proud to be in solidarity with all women today and so enormously proud to have come from an immigrant family. I dedicate this post to my incredible Mother who is no longer with us and to all the women who came before us and helped shape the world. To those women who broke down barriers, broke glass ceilings, put fear to the side and carved out a piece of history to ensure we could have a better tomorrow. We not only wear red in celebration of this honorable day, but we say ‘Thank You’ to all these women that have made a difference in our lives. Just remember that a women’s armor and strength comes directly from her heart.