A year ago tomorrow I created “Mama McFee’s Musings”, a place where I hoped to share my journey in life. A place where I would be myself, for better or worse. A place where I could hopefully provide some insight, education and different thinking.
It’s been a busy year! I didn’t post as much as I would have liked, but I am thankful for all of those that supported what I did put out into the universe.
So here we are again, approaching International Women’s Day, and here I am again, making a pledge to do my part to help shape the world into the beautiful, loving, supportive place I know it can be.
The past few months have been particularly confusing, frustrating and uncertain for so many individuals throughout the world. Not just women and not just Americans. Our world grows ever more separated by politics, religion, gender, and ethnicity. And it breaks my heart.
Yet I continue to be hopeful. I continue to be positive. I continue to choose to see love. But I also know that there is much work to be done.
My path has put me in the space of working towards equality for women. But equality for women is just the start. Research and statistics continue to show the power of investing in women and girls in communities across the globe. Companies continue to realize the value of women in the c-suite and the boardroom. Yet women are still not equal.
From pay to healthcare to reproductive rights, women still have an uphill road to climb and therefore, my work is not done.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day with the theme #BeBoldForChange. At the same time organizers of the Women’s March have called for “A Day Without a Woman” strike. I know for many that these are controversial issues. I know for some, they may not understand what this is all about. I know for others, they may be the lucky few to have never dealt with what is feels like to be treated unequally.
However you come to this conversation, I think and hope that we can all agree that #ItsTime to #BeBoldForChange! We need to dig deep into our hearts, to find our love and compassion. To realize that this is so much more than a political issue, but an issue of respect and fairness. Of how we want to show up in this world. Of what we want to show our children. Of the world we want our children to grow up in.
I want a world for my daughter where she has equal rights no matter what. That she is never looked down upon for being a woman. Never misunderstood for who she loves. Never questioned for her decisions around children.
I also want her to grow up with compassion for all. To see love in all forms and think it is beautiful. To cherish those around her for what they bring to this world. To see beauty in every person she meets until proven otherwise. To love with all her heart and be proud of who she is and the decisions she makes.
I believe we need to and we can #BeBoldForChange.
I challenge you to think about it. To look beyond yourself and to think of all the women around the world. To understand and agree our work is not finished. To do it for your daughters, your mothers, your grandmothers, your sisters – for yourself.
Let’s #BeBoldForChange! Let’s do it now because #ItsTime!
Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Musing!
To make a commitment to #BeBoldForChange, please visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold
To join NEW and our commitment to drive 50/50 gender parity – #ItsTime: http://www.ournewfuture.org/