So, I got off track, but there is always a good quote up my sleeve! I would like to thank Jess Wade, who inspired me to participate in this challenge. Please check out her blog Daring to Jess, to learn through her experiences!
When I was thinking about the final quote that I wanted to share, I considered so many different strong women with voices… Alicia Keys, Malala Yousafzai, Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, Lauryn Hill, Rosa Parks…
In considering this, my thoughts always focus on the standard of beauty towards women in popular culture.
It is not easy being a woman in this male dominated society, and it is really not easy being a transgender woman.
Transgender people face staggering levels of discrimination and violence. In 2013, 72% of anti-LGBT homicide victims were transgender women. According to “Injustice at Every Turn,” a report by the National Center for Transgender Equality and The Task Force:
- Transgender people are four times more likely to live in poverty.
- Transgender people experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population, with rates for people of color up to four times the national unemployment rate.
- 90% of transgender people report experiencing harassment, mistreatment or discrimination on the job.
- 22% of respondents who have interacted with police reported harassment by police, with much higher rates reported by people of color. Almost half of the respondents (46%) reported being uncomfortable seeking police assistance.
- 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide, compared to 1.6% of the general population.
- Transgender people still cannot serve in the US Military.
Transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, face shockingly high rates of murder, homelessness, and incarceration. Most states and countries offer no legal protections in housing, employment, health care, and other areas where individuals experience discrimination based on their gender identity or expression.
The standard of beauty, has become a negative epidemic that targets young women to see themselves as less than, inferior, or ugly if they do not look a certain way. Low self-esteem; a lack of self-love, self-respect, value, and overall inequality for us in society, are the result of this epidemic, any many have led to detrimental outcomes in order to escape this reality, including suicide.
We all have a story to tell and it is so important for us to continue to raise awareness and advocate for one another as women, and right now, transgender rights and women of color, are in the most need within the women cohort. That is why equality for all, matters. #blacklivesmatter #LGBTQIAPmatters
“Never be afraid to tell your story!” (Pinkspen)
This final quote is another uplifting thought, from an inspirational woman, who aimed to uplift and inspire all women to love themselves and to focus on more than just our appearance.
My final three nominees are all up-and-coming bloggers, like myself who are inspiring, have a voice, who empower and uplift others. #ladypower
Please check out their blogs… Read, Like, Share, & Comment
- 3 quotes over 3 days
- Thank the person who nominated you
- 3 nominees each day to complete the challenge
- Inform the nominees of their nomination
Please check out some of my posts about Beauty Standards, Self-Love, Relationships, and Equality