The International Women’s Day is upon us, although any day ending is a “y”is a good day to celebrate women, let’s sit back and think about the women today that influence our lives. The women that broke through barriers, those that make a difference in the world we live in and we aspire to be like and want our younger sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins and young women everywhere learn from.
Yes, there are the She-roes of the past that bulldozed through barricades to make way for us. We honor them, we celebrate them, we thank them. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it weren’t for their valor and their sacrifices. However, somehow, we fail to recognize the women of today that are paving brand new roads. In fact, instead of honoring them and thanking them we find faults. We call them bossy, cold, hard, unyielding, uncompromising. Simply because they refuse to mold themselves in what society consider to be an acceptable “woman”. And thank all that is good and holy for that!
Here are our favorite She-roes of the present:
Sheryl Sandberg, Author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, COO of Facebook, Co-Founder of Lean In, wife and mother. She teaches and inspires women, through her foundation and her work to not be afraid to become leaders in their community. She teaches women to free their mind and not become their own enemy and obstacle and not to limit themselves. She encourages women to have the confidence to obtain their goals. she, along with her cofounders of Lean In, provides a network of support, lectures and a platform to share life lessons do others could bit from it.
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize Winner among so many other awards and Female Education Activist and assassination survivor and she’s only 17. Imagine having so much conviction in what you believe in that you don’t back away from death threats thrown at you from every directions. and when that fateful day comes when someone decides to put the threats to action and you come forward and get shot and after surviving you to continue doing what you believe in. She IS She-ro. We all should aspire to have an ounce of courage to face our obstacles in the face and say “do your worst” and never sway from our beliefs. We too are Malala.
Oprah Winfrey. We really don’t need to say much here. But if we wanted to we could say things like one of the most influential women (black or white) in the world, Talk show host, media proprietor and a philanthropist with a heart of gold. She is the example that perseverance and hard work will turn a girl that came from nothing to an internationally recognized and respected billionaire.
Our last She-ro is Diana Nyad. She is an author and a motivational speaker among many things and the sextenarian that dared and succeeded to become the first person (man or woman) to swim from Cuba to Florida. Showing us all that anything is possible at any age with a spoonful of determination.
There are many many many women in the world and in our lives that we can look up to, that are heroes in their own way. the guide us, mentor us and teach us without even knowing. We at MyFlorist say thank you to all the women around the world. We honor you , we celebrate you. We invite you to celebrate the women in your life with us.