I want to say, “Thank you.”
During this Women’s History Month, rounding the International Day of Women, I want to express my gratitude. I am so thankful that during the course of my life so far, I have gotten to know a remarkable population of women. To these women, I’d like to say a few words…
I see you.
I see the grace with which you handle this life. Sometimes it’s all just too much. Sometimes shit just keeps going wrong: another temper tantrum, another 14-hour day, another Home Depot guy addressing your husband when you asked the question. All together, it’s enough to make a woman snotty-cry like Viola Davis on Oscar night. But, you breathe… deeply, and move on. You handle it. I see you.
I know your challenges.
I know them and they are legion. My friends are raising children of color to be strong, positive people in a world that does not value children of color. Business owners have difficulty growing their businesses because they cannot get financing because investors don’t invest in women. Women are raising disabled children and cannot find the resources they need or hours in the day to do all that needs to be done. But you do and it gets done, and you persist, because what is the alternative? You are an inspiration, in all of your frustration and fragility. Because you are perfectly imperfect, and everyday brings fresh trials and you handle it. Like a boss.
You are leaders.
You lead. Every single day, you lead. Whether it’s an army of first graders, a profitable company or an actual army battalion, you guide the way. By being an example, by marching, speaking, writing or by standing up and sitting down, you lead. You have learned and you have wisdom. You have experience and stories. You have value and you are teaching that to our children. You are the makers.
I have a world of phenomenal women for which to be grateful. Brilliant, beautiful & badass women that I have had the privilege of knowing or knowing of. These women inspire, encourage and educate me every day, and I am quite simply, grateful that they exist.
For Gab, Roseleen, Diana, Tanya, Mary, Pamala, Jackie, Malala, Maya, Glennon, Adelai, Michelle, Gloria, Carole, Laura, V, Shana, Viola, Elizabeth, Hillary, Liz, Gabriella and all of us.
LB Adams is the Founder/CEO of Practical Dramatics headquartered in Charleston, SC. Her company utilizes theatre strategies to help humans grow more profitable conversations with other humans.