Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. In fact, the entirety of March is dedicated to Women's History Month. I take pride in women's history not only because I am a woman, but also because there have been countless women throughout the world who have achieved phenomenal things.
Some are close to me, like my family, friends, and mentors who inspire me and support me. These women (you know who you are) are my role models, and I wouldn't be the woman I am today without them.
Others that I look up to are women that have made history, or are currently making history. Names like Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Malala, and Michelle Obama are some that come to mind right away.
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." - Michelle Obama
The journeys of these women, and numerous others, have not been easy. Many of their life experiences have been full of hardship as people have tried to knock women down. Yet women rise again - stronger - as they persevere to face challenges thrown at them. Women throughout the world have fought, and continue to fight for freedom, equality, and credibility. And as long as we continue to fight, to defy the odds, and to break boundaries, our voices will be heard.
This month, I want to showcase female brilliance and creativity by dedicating the rest of my posts to women. I will mainly focus on women in literature, art, and publishing. It will be hard to cover everything and everyone. However, the message - that all women, those past, present, future, and even fictional are capable of making a difference in the lives of others - should come across.
Women and women's history should be celebrated all day, every day, 365 days a year. But since today, and this month in particular, is devoted to women, then let the celebrations begin!