"If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.”
~ Ghanaian scholar Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey (1875-1927)
Today is my birthday, and international women’s day.
So today I celebrate my life, being a women, and all the women throughout history who have fought, and continue to fight to make this a safe, just world for us all.
I love being a woman, but I didn’t always.
As a little girl, I didn’t get why boys and girls were treated so differently.
I didn’t get why boys assumed I couldn’t fight, or play sports.
Why I always had to play the secretary, wife, or mother instead of getting to be a ghostbuster, fireman, or superhero.
Why I wasn’t seen as strong, or capable, and why people were always so concerned with how I looked above anything else.
As I got older I didn’t understand why grown men thought it was ok to solicit, touch, and judge my pre-teen body. Why it was ok to threaten me and call me names when I didn’t smile at them or chose not to respond.
As a grown woman I now understand what it means to be a woman. That my body has been at the center of debates, violence, legislation, and religion since written history began.
That I have been seen as such a threat, that whole systems have been created to silence my voice, cut me off from my sisters, and erase my importance from history.
That I am different than men and those differences deserve to be protected, cherished, honored & supported.
It has been a journey to love the skin I’m in, and to digest the history that comes with it.
I am so grateful to have had some amazing female teachers. Women who have taught me about my body, my sexuality, how to access and use my power as well as my voice.
Women who introduced me to the Divine Feminine. Who introduced me to the divinity inside me. Women who embody what it is to be an empowered woman.
I’m currently creating my first in depth program for women to continue passing this life changing wisdom on.... more on that soon!
And in the meantime, love, love, love to all my women on the rise and the men who have their backs!