Here's my take on today's A Day Without Women. Almost every other day of the year, we, women, are focused on things that do not support us or the values with which we hold dear - our bodies, our minds, our rights to be and be safely, to work, to study, to create, to procreate, to live our lives with dignity and respect and as the active and vital members of the world that we are. Today, we focus on ourselves and what we want and value and know to be true.
So today, my focus is shifted not on how we have systematically been given the short end of the stick, not how oppressed and suppressed we've been by men and in many cases, other women, but on how we/I get up and move on. My focus is on saying adios to old ways of being where I put others ahead of me, where I allow TV, the media, the guy walking behind me on the street, the woman who says she has my feminist back only to step on it to advance herself. I'm looking back one last time, so I can close that door and look forward into a future with promise and possibility and purpose. Where I am guided to be with those who value, appreciate and get me and am centered on sharing my overflow with them as opposed to chasing ideas and goals that simply don't suit me. Don't honor me. For me, today is less of a strike and more of a stand up and speak out for my womanness. Because for me, when I am doing that, I am doing so for other women as well.