I love being a woman. Women are powerful + fierce...nurturing + compassionate...capable + intelligent...entitled + worthy. I imagine I'm not alone in feeling this way. I am privileged.
This mindset is far from the situations in which many women + girls find themselves today. Stunted education, arranged marriage, sexual slavery, genital mutilation, selling of girls, rape, and forced abortion are all current practices.
Empowered women fight to empower women.
-Choose clothing from companies that ensure fair wages + fair treatment for the women (+ men) who make them. The majority of garment workers are women...many of whom have very little power to change their situations. Many women live hours away from their own children in order to support them. Our choices tell clothing companies that we value these women + expect them to be paid and treated well.
-Support + love a girl through Compassion. Compassion works with local churches to provide prenatal care, education, mentorship, safety, meals, and love for children + families around the world. It is such a privilege to correspond with the girls we help support + to see them grow. They encourage us to find joy in every drop of life.
-Support World Relief or the International Rescue Committee and their work with refugees. No one wants to be a refugee. Everyone deserves a home.
-Have a conversation regarding vulnerable women + what can be done to help. We can help.
-Hug the women + girls in your life. Give them a call. Write down some words of appreciation + put them in the mail.
Happy International Women's Day to all the courageous, compassionate, hardworking, beautiful, important, intelligent, valuable, amazing women reading these words today!
Sending love + appreciation your way,