I stayed in on Friday night and decided to find a link to watch Hidden Figures on my Firestick. I probably haven’t been to the movies in three years, it’s just not my thing. By the time I was done watching the movie, I had purchased a ticket to watch it at my nearest theater with no intentions to go. That’s how much I enjoyed it. I don’t imagine I could’ve picked a better weekend to watch it. Emotions left from the film carried over into the next morning. Up at 8 a.m. that Saturday to get a workout in, every TV in the gym was tuned into the Women’s marches that were getting ready to take place all across the country. More than 2.5 million, including men and women, were estimated participants in each of the 50 states across America.
I took to my social media timelines to see women I know personally out at these rallies and men that I adore, adoring us. It was hard to watch without feeling prideful. Hidden Figures hit home for me because although I’m very aware of the circumstances, it’s still so difficult for me to wrap my mind around all that not only African Americans, but us as women had to endure. Issues we still face in the workplace today, sitting at conference tables where some may think we don’t belong; or having our dreams of being engineers, doctors and astronauts not only laughed at, but crushed. This movie only refreshed the fact that Black women have long experienced what all women are now complaining about: feeling alienated. Women aren’t standing for it, or should I say… sitting for it?
We’re living in a beautiful time where an apology isn’t necessary for the type of woman we are. We can proudly own being smart, sexy, ambitious, motherly, or anything else we may desire. Women truly make the world go round. We not only birth the greats, we become the greats. The result of last years election was a tough blow to us. However, it only proved that we are resilient and continually aiming for what was once believed to be impossible for us. We’ve been this powerful since the beginning of time and have more support now than ever to achieve whatever we may aim for. I personally am so damn proud to be a woman.
This weekend was an astounding example of what a force women are when we come together in sisterhood. How much further we go when men stand behind us in support. I’m humbled and honored to be a fraction of the woman that the women who set the tone for equality, intelligence, respect and human rights were and feel indebted for all they’ve done for me. The least that we can do, is do our part as women to make sure no woman has marched, or fought or died in vain. “Girl Power” is not a trend, it never has been. We’ve always been this capable and our potential is unlimited.
Today, Monday feels different to me. It has a stronger energy than the last because although I live it daily – I too am a walking example of feminism. I’m honored to own my skin tone, my past, and the neighborhood that raised me while simultaneously owning my goals, my beliefs, my ambitions and my rights. Women are unstoppable. May you take the honor of being one not just through your day today, but through your lifetime.
Happy Monday, boss ladies. Make it worthwhile.