Celebrate girls, everyday!
I was watching the news at work this morning and saw that Michelle Obama was talking about this day and how important it is. She is such an inspiration and advocate for girls' rights! She was truly an incredible First Lady. It had me thinking all day, so of course I had to think of some ways to be a kick a$$ girl!
Ways to be a Powerful Female When it Seems like the World Keeps Knocking Those Who Identify as Female Down:
-Research everything you may need to talk about & then research the counterargument. Then go back and research again. Be open to other arguments.
-Buy books and movies for the people in your life that have female leads, especially young children. Have you ever paid attention to children's TV shows and movies and realized that a majority of them have male leads with minimal female characters? This has GOT to change.
-Read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
-Be who you needed when you were younger (I've definitely seen this online before and resonated with it)
-Show up on time.
-Support your local female artists, baristas, bartenders, musicians, businesswomen, etc.
-Tell the young girls (and older gals) in your life how important, smart, and courageous they are. Try to avoid things like "cute, pretty, etc". Comment on her character, rather than her looks!
-Don't move out a man's way on the sidewalk. Let him step aside to let you pass.
-Listen to and support every woman you cross paths with, even if you don't agree with her. Stand up for yourself and the women around you. Learn to say "no" without apologizing (see next point).
-Stop apologizing for things you aren't sorry about. Only apologize when you are sincere and need to make amends. Accidentally running into someone in the hallway or not wanting to have sex does not mean you need to say "I'm sorry". Own what you do, don't apologize for it because you feel like you have to.
-Take control of your decisions and your body. Learn what works best for you and stick with it!
-Surround yourself with those who believe in the same things you do and push you to be a better person.
-When the government is attacking your rights, check your local news to see what women in your community have been doing to make the world a better place. It's happening everyday; stay positive!