I wanted to write a little bit about International Women’s Day and the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have over the course of my life so far. I feel very blessed to have so many strong women in my life, from my friends and family to former teachers, colleagues, and classmates. One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life was choose to go to an all-girls’ boarding school. I made amazing lifelong friends, learned how to be myself for my own sake, and was able to meet and connect with so many amazing women who have helped me and inspired me to become the person I am today.
In the last year, with so many rights, particularly those of women and minorities, have been challenged, I’ve grown scared of what that means for our future as a nation and as an international society. When I start to feel overwhelmed (which, honestly, is quite a frequent occurrence with so many recent news stories), I think about a conversation I had right before the election. I was standing in the kitchen of my former headmaster’s house at my boarding school with him, his wife, and another alumna, discussing what would happen if the election turned out the way that it did. It was a compelling conversation, and one that, despite the fears that were expressed, made me feel confident for whatever future we faced. I don’t think I’ve ever been that grateful before for my education and my time at my school. To stand there, nearly ten years after I graduated, and to discuss the state of the nation and the state of women’s rights with these amazing people was just so eye-opening. It reminded me that there are many other people who feel this way too, other people who are fighting for change. It gave me such a profound feeling of relief and gratitude that so many people I admire are committed to building a better, stronger future.
I hope that I will never forget to be grateful that I have had such amazing opportunities to know so many wonderful women. I hope that next year finds more women in roles of authority, more women striving to be the best they can be, and more women committed to working for more rights. I hope that I can continue to improve myself and contribute more to helping women. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I am confident that we can succeed.
Happy International Women’s Day!
The photo used in this post is by Rayna Fahey, via this article.