International Woman’s Day? I’m sorry, I don’t get it. Why do we need a day? Can’t we just be awesome every day? And can’t the men we work beside be awesome every day? I work in a man’s world – I truly do – I earned a degree in electrical engineering and remember only about 5 women in my classes who finished with me. I worked REALLY hard to earn it. I have worked for more than 25 years in a field dominated by men, and have been graciously given opportunities to grow and advance my career to what I’d like to attribute to hard work and dedication. I am not so naïve to think that my salary really matches that of my male counterparts with the same titles, but in all honesty have never let that bother me. I’m so very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given, and will continue to work as hard as I can to be the very best that I can be. I would expect nothing less from anyone else, man or woman.
While I don’t want to offend any women out there, as we’re all entitled to our opinion. My opinion is that I’d rather not be known as a “burn your bra”, liberated woman, but rather someone who just wants to work hard doing what she believes will make a difference. I am prepared to stand alone in that opinion.
For the record, though I have never been a stay-at-home mom (mostly because I never wanted to be – truthfully – and not because my kids aren’t awesome, cuz they are!), I have respect for those who are – THAT’s a tough job. My mom stayed home when I was young, and it was only because my father passed away that she went to work. I was fortunate enough to have her stay home with my kids when they were young – which was, in part, my way to give back to her what she lost after my dad died. It worked out well for all of us.
So, on this day-after International Woman’s Day (perhaps similar to Alice in Wonderland’s Happy Un-birthday I should call it “International Woman’s Un-Day”), I want to take the time to wish MEN and WOMEN everywhere just a happy, awesome day, period. Go be awesome with one another.
I heart you all.