Michelle Nicholson- Managing Editor-The Star Newspaper: March 6, 2015.
Last month, just before International Women’s Day, our local paper ran the above editorial. Considering our little paper is, well, quite little, I’m always impressed with the quality and content. Michelle Nicholson’s editorial caught my eye and she has been gracious enough to allow me to reprint it here. I chose to wait awhile because I think we need reminders more often than once a year to ensure we don’t become complacent for the other 360+ days in the year. The editorial is simple enough, a gathering called Pamper Yourself Expo held in a very small community. Just a blip on the radar. But that’s the point.
There are fantastic women absolutely everywhere! In sprawling cities, tiny towns, on farms, on the road, in their homes, in the workplace. Wonderful women, super women, everyday women. Women that make the world go round every moment of every day. Michelle recognized that the expo was filled with wonder women. Wendy, Betty and Janet, awesome women, and I’m sure they weren’t the only ones there.
A celebration of awesomeness. I’m glad to see more women admitting that we’re important. Women who no longer just smile and say, “Oh it was nothing.” It is something! Our contributions are important, are meaningful, are needed. There is no reason why we shouldn’t admit our awesomeness, our value and accomplishments. Michelle notes all too accurately,
How come we as women don’t see our own awesomeness or the awesomeness of the women around us on a more consistent basis? We need a day to celebrate being a woman. Men don’t. Telling.
It’s not easy to change our thought patterns, our habits or the way we look at ourselves and each other. Our perceptions have been coloured for so long by society, patriarchal attitudes and poor representation in history that we’ve come to accept it as true reality rather than just an incomplete perception. However, we are women, staying the course, changing, flexible, adaptable, these are all traits that lurk under the surface within us if we haven’t already teased them to the surface. It’s time, as Michelle says, to
remind each and every woman and myself: you are awesome, you are loved, you have value and you can do it.
It’s not about one day a year, it’s about every single day. Women step up to the plate every day. We work, we love, we toil, we pick up the slack, we persevere. Some days we succeed, some days we don’t, but we keep going. It’s not about doing it alone, being a hero or being perfect. I think International Women’s Day has it right.
We together: Stronger, Better
It’s time to look for the best in each other, to be part of the whole. It’s not about competing or being better than someone else. It’s about working together, being together and supporting each other – together. It’s about today, and every other day too.
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
Helen Reddy – I Am Woman
A very special thank you to Michelle Nicholson from The Star for allowing me to share her thoughts with you.
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