I love words because they allow me to express myself, when often times, I find myself to be speechless, as a speaker. As a writer, I can describe every ounce of me and that is why I love quotes. Quotations provide a short, detailed, descriptive, and insightful look into the mind of a speaker.
Even though I was not necessarily nominated for this challenge, I was inspired to participate! I visited a page of Jess Wade, who inspired me through her writing and as a mature blogger. I am new to this community of writers, poets, artists, photographers, etc. but, I have been writing since my first pencil hit a blank page.
I appreciate Jess for checking out my site, reading some of my posts, and encouraging me to participate in this challenge. Please check out her page…she is an inspiration!
The individuals that I am nominating are all blogs that have inspired me in some way! Not sure, if they will participate, but I would love to see what they come up with because they are so creative, talented, and intellectual!
- 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
This first quote is something that I aim to live by everyday. As women in this mans world, this can cause many inferior feelings about our worth. We are taught in the media, and even in our homes, that we are not as important as men, which causes, low self-esteem; a lack of self-love, self-respect, value, and overall inequality for us in society.
I hope this quote inspires someone to see themselves as more than what popular culture and social media tells them they should be!
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Being a woman is not easy. I was asked on New Years Eve, why the focus of my blog was on women being the best versions of themselves and why were men not included? The exclusion was not on purpose, necessarily, but it is, without a doubt, that women need more of a focus because, this is in fact a [heterosexual] mans world.
Men make more money!
Men own more businesses!
Men dominate politics, the economy, the military, higher professions…everything that women, at some point in time, were not able to be a part of.
It was not until the 1920’s that the “19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is signed into law by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby” (Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S. History of the American Women’s Rights Movement 1848–1920).
Just like every form of oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and segregation, there is almost no way to get total equality, because the foundation was not equal! There is always room for rebuilding those that are told that they are inferior, so that they can be greater than their purpose or their role in society. Women, regardless of their culture, background, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, know what it feels like to be a woman, in a mans world.
This is another one of my favorite quotes, that I hope inspires all women to see themselves as beautiful, strong, talented, intelligent, and their value is embedded in their essence.
When I was thinking about the final quote that I wanted to share, I considered so many different strong women with voices like Alicia Keys, Malala Yousafzai, Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, Lauryn Hill, and 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.
Please check out some of my posts about Beauty Standards, Self-Love, Relationships, and Equality