March 4-8: International Women’s Day
Girl Power is definitely a term that has evolved over time. As a little girl, when you thought about what girl power meant- you’re probably thinking Spice Girls, big neon daisies, and throwing peace signs at everyone you met. As a teen, girl power began to take on deeper meaning for me. As I’m sure most girls experienced growing up, there was always chatter about boys being better than girls (smarter, faster, stronger, etc). I’d notice it in sports and media- showing and advertising all the manly sports while you’d have to search high and low to find women’s basketball or maybe ice skating.
With this Friday being International Women’s Day, I thought again about what Girl Power means to me in this stage of life, as an adult woman.
Strength. Patience. Courage. Compassion. Beauty (inside and out!).
Women are incredible creatures in so many ways. As one of my favorite old sayings goes, “Women are the only thing that can bleed for 7 days straight and not die.” Women are also the only ones who can become pregnant, create new life, and feed and nurture that baby with their body’s natural production of breast milk. The entirety of the future of humankind and life in general, depends on women!
While the inability to carry a child in no way reduces the Girl Power in any woman, we are grateful to those who can share this strength with others.
With the advances of technology and science, women are now also able to help create OTHER families. With gestational surrogacy, an already fertilized embryo is placed into the uterus of another woman for her to carry, care for, and deliver for new parents-to-be. Infertility unfortunately affects both men and women of all ages, races, and sexualities. There are also many LGBTQ+ couples who dream of starting their own families but physically are not able.
Women are the only INCREDIBLE people who are able to do such a selfless and kind-hearted thing. The ability to bear a child, let alone carry a healthy pregnancy, is a gift and strength that many women take for granted. Often, women don’t realize how strong and powerful and important they are.
On this International Women’s Day, remember that Girl Power is not just daisies and peace signs. Girl power is something you feel once you realize your strength and potential.