If you haven’t heard already, today is International Women’s Day. Each year, a theme is selected to encourage and inspire women across the globe. The slogan for 2015 is “Make it happen.” Short, simple, and to the point. I like it. While it may sound simple, making it happen often involves courage, tenacity, and perseverance. It is one thing to say you want to do something, and it is a different story when you take a risk and set off to accomplish your dream. For me, a small example of making it happen was biting the bullet and creating my blog a few months ago. I had been saying I wanted to start one for years, but for some reason, I just did not have the confidence to get started. It was the support of my girlfriends that helped me make it happen.
We have heard some great speeches recently addressing women’s equality. Patricia Arquette went after equal pay in her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. Emma Watson (aka Hermione) invited men to the table introducing a new and appropriate take on what feminism really means. I often believe that it is women that are the toughest on other women. In previous roles and internships where visibility was high, I found that my harshest critics were women, not men. I want to encourage my fellow women out there to lift each other up and support each other in making it happen. In the past year or so, I have met some incredible women who possess such a positive outlook on life and who support each other in their endeavors. This has given me strength and has only further inspired me to reach out and support others in my community.
At the end of the day, Maya Angelou sums it up best, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
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What will you make happen this year?!? I would love to hear all about it!