This One is for the Girls

This one is for the girls. For their dreams. For their hopes. For their secret ambitions to be more than what society tells them they can be.  For their courage to face the world, day in and day out, in spite of the challenges they face, whether it be in the home, the workplace, or at school. This one is for the girls. For their ability to learn to believe in themselves. For their courage to fight the patriarchy. For their gumption to stand up to institutionalized oppression. This one is for the girls. For the ones that have learned the value of employing the word "no" and for bravely setting the example so others can do the same. For the girls that have picked themselves up, not once, but twice. And will continue to do so, no matter what life throws their way. This one is for the girls. For the ones that see more value in building another girl up rather than tearing her down. For the ones that not only lift each other up, but lift all people up. Regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender, or race. This one is for the girls. For finding power in their intuition. For trusting their gut. For pursuing positions in leadership. For dreaming of going to space. This one is for the girls. For living life with compassion. For the ones that bring grace alive through music and art; through spoken word and movement. For the girls that inspire others to do better. Laugh more. Love harder. This one is for the girls. And for the women they will become. For the scientists and the artists that will shape the way we see and understand the world. For the leaders in business and politics, the activists and the entrepreneurs, who will cultivate a brighter future for all of us. For the daughters and lovers and mothers who will raise the next generation of peace, hope and love. This one is for the girls. 

To all the girls and women that have paved the way before me, and to all the girls and women that will blaze the trail after me...Happy International Women's Day <3