It’s Women’s Herstory Month, and that means it’s one of my absolute favorite months of the year. I serve mothers and daughters throughout the country through the events that I host and the speaking engagements I have the opportunity to enjoy and, just like clockwork, I hear the same old statement every few months as if it’s age old wisdom. “I don’t like girls. I can’t stand being around females.” Well, I’m here to tackle that mindset by reminding you of how amazing we really are! After all, I couldn’t do any of the work that I do without the women of strength standing with me.
Women are bold! Have you ever heard of Ida B. Wells-Barnett? She was one of the first women in the United States to own her own printing press and she took advantage of her influence by leading the antilynching movement. Yass honey! She defied the cultural norms of the day in multiple ways and she changed the course of history for us. I’ll work with her any day!
Women are assertive. Despite all of those memes accusing us of being indecisive because we have trouble thinking of something to eat, we know exactly what we want-most of the time. LOL! Sonia Sotomayor continued to represent her culture and advocate for those like her to have access to greater opportunity, even when she knew the odds were against her. Life isn’t worth living if you’re not going to take a little risk.
Women are truthful, even when it exposes our flaws and weaknesses. It’s how we express love. Come on now, you knew there would be something about candor in these three simple points. One of the women I am most excited to learn from and find more about is Sarah Jakes Roberts. Following in the footsteps of many women who have blazed trails like Joyce Meyer, Sarah Jakes Roberts has begun to inspire women by exposing the hope in Jesus she found in some of the darkest moments of her life. I can’t get enough of the rawness that she brings to the platform she’s been given, and her courage motivates me a little more each day.
It’s true that sometimes the struggles we’ve endured and the perspective we’ve gained does more to pull us apart than cause us to build each other up. Nonetheless, I’m convinced that if we can really begin to reflect on the power within our potential, we’d be willing to forgive more quickly and humble ourselves more frequently. After all, there’s nothing like a woman who has your back. She’ll fight for you, with you, and even against you if it’s going to help keep you safe. What’s your perspective? Care to share? I’d love to know why you value sisterhood or if you think this is a difficult topic that needs more processing.
P.S. I’ve been featuring special women on my YouTube channel, and you may find some inspiration from the daughters of Zelophehad or Elizabeth as I have so check it out here (and don’t forget to subscribe when you do).