You may have noticed recently that women around the world have been making their voices heard.
From the five million women worldwide who participated in the Women's March to the "Day Without a Woman" strike, women have banded together to express their concerns, challenges, and dreams.
Women have struggled for hundreds of years for equality and respect, and often the beautiful qualities that women possess naturally are viewed as unworthy.
As singer Stevie Nicks points out, “When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”
Isn’t that a grand contradiction?
But in spite of that contradiction, women have been slowly but surely breaking down gender barriers around the world.
You don't have to participate in a march or a strike to express your strength and independence as a woman.
Even in the most mundane aspects of your life, you can herald your inner power and self-confidence through your words, actions, and beliefs.
Whether women are powerful politicians, influential celebrities, working professionals, or stay-at-home moms, amazing women everywhere have and continue to make their sex proud by standing up for equality, dignity, and respect in all facets of life.