Wednesday, March 8th was International Women’s Day and to commemorate, many women participated in A Day Without Women by taking off work and not spending money. Others wore red in solidarity and went out of their way to frequent small or women owned businesses.
Google even got in on the action with their doodle for the day. Instead of just one image, you could scroll through and look at several images of women as teachers, astronauts, doctors, mothers, businesswomen and more. In each image, while the women performed their job, there was a little girl at their elbow eagerly watching their every move. The very last image was a little girl in bed dreaming about all the professions she saw from the amazing women.
It was such a powerful image and a needed reminder that our daughters, little sisters, nieces, granddaughters, cousins, etc. are watching us. They are looking to us and to other women to see what possibilities await them in the future. It is so important for them to see women in these various roles so they can be proud in knowing there is nothing they cannot do.
We have to be careful about what we do and what we say when these babies are around. We serve as their first example of what it means to be a woman. They learn from us the burden and the strength that goes along with that title.
I’m a Stay at Home Mom so I don’t have the luxury of taking off from work. I try to always be aware of what I am showing her. She will learn from me how a wife should talk to her husband. She will see how I handle stress and bad news. She will experience first hand how I will discipline her and her big brother. She has seen me cry when I am frustrated but she has also seen me dust myself off and get the job done. She does not and will not see perfection when she looks at me but she will see me own up to my mistakes and apologize when I am wrong.
Be aware, everyday, of the power you wield and the lives you can impact.