Last Thursday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day. I just love the idea of celebrating powerful women, so you can imagine how much I appreciate this holiday. I was hoping to post on the actual day, but life (aka midterms) got in the way, so here I am a few days late, writing my post about all of the women that inspire me each and every day.
I want to start with some of my favorite famous women. Women like Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Simone Biles, and the almost 150 other gymnasts who took a stand against Larry Nassar. Women like Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all of the countless other women that have fought for feminism throughout the years. Women like J.K. Rowling, Marie Lu, Veronica Roth, Gayle Forman, Rebecca Solnit (who I may get to meet next week!!) and all other female authors that have helped show me just how powerful writing can truly be.
The nerdy side of me wants to give a shout out to all of the fictional female characters that have shaped the person I’ve become. I’m infinitely grateful for Hermione (Harry Potter), Katniss (The Hunger Games), Tris (Divergent), June (Legend), and so many other fictional ladies that shaped my childhood and helped make me who I am today. I can only hope that one day I’m able to write women as inspiring as these.
Lastly, I have to recognize the wonderful women that I have the honor and privilege of knowing personally. To the ladies in my suite, Hannah, Gabby, Didi, you all push me to be a better person every day. To the ladies from home that have stayed with me all this time, Rachel, Hannah, Logan, Sadie, you helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. To the women who have taught and inspired me all through my life, Ms. Lueck, Sra. May, Mrs. Smith, Professor Holt, and so many more than I could ever name. To all of the second mothers in my life, Mary, Carolyn, Kim, Britta, Nikki, Pastor Krista, and so many more, you had–and continue to have–a hand in my life that means more than you could ever know. To my beautiful, wonderful sisters, I am not exaggerating when I say I could not live without you. To my grandmas, aunts, and cousins that have shown me just how powerful we women can be. Lastly, most importantly, to my mama. You are the strongest woman I have ever met, and I can only hope to be half the woman you are.
There are so many more women I could mention, but if I were to mention everyone, I would be going on forever. If I didn’t name you specifically, know that it was not intentional. There are more women that impact my life than I could ever hope to name. I am so grateful for you. I love you all, and Happy International Women’s Day (just a little late).