I am woman.

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A lot of y’all know I like to consider myself a strong, independent woman – and I’m proud of that.

A woman who struggles in this life like any other human being, but pushes through. A woman who is vocal about issues that she is passionate about, and isn’t afraid to use her voice. A woman who strives to break glass ceilings.

I’m currently reading a masterpiece entitled “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay – and it is truly eye-opening. The title itself catches your attention, and the contents will have you going “yasss” every two seconds:

“How do we reconcile the imperfections of feminism with all the good it can do? In truth, feminism is flawed because it is a movement powered by people and people are inherently flawed.

For whatever reason, we hold feminism to an unreasonable standard where the movement must be everything we want and must always make the best choices.

When feminism falls short of our expectations, we decide the problem is with feminism rather than with the flawed people who act in the name of the movement.

I try to keep my feminism simple. I know feminism is complex and evolving and flawed. I know feminism will not and cannot fix everything.

I believe in equal opportunities for men and women. I believe in women having reproductive freedom and affordable and unfettered access to the health care they need.

I believe women should be paid as much as men for doing the same work. Feminism is a choice, and if a woman does not want to be a feminist, that is her right, but it is still my responsibility to fight for her rights.

I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.

I believe women not just in the United States but throughout the world deserve equality and freedom but know I am in no position to tell women of other cultures what that equality and freedom should look like.”

Read this book. We as women should learn to lift each other up, not break each other down. We’re stronger when we’re together. And when we’re together – our collective light shines brighter than any hate thrown our way.

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