When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a grandmother, a teacher, a veterinarian and a nurse.
Did I want to be a doctor? What about an financial analyst? Or a dentist? The thought never crossed my mind. These, and many other vocations, weren’t even in the realm of possibility. These weren’t jobs women held. A nurse, yes. A bank teller, yes. Charlotte Londeen was a nurse. I knew her. My friend’s mom was a bank teller. So yes. I could do that. But the only dentists I knew were old white men.
It’s so important for young girls to see women in a variety of roles. You can’t be what you can’t see.
I’m still unpacking this, but here’s my journey. White women, why aren’t you speaking up?
Has your definition of “racism” changed over the years? Mine has. It’s not enough to “not be a racist”: we must be anti-racists.
I was raised to believe it wasn’t polite to talk about politics, religion or money. Except when we were knocking on doors handing out religious tracts. Am I right?
Not talking about politics is what gave us President Trump and his vile administration. I am responsible for that because I didn’t use my voice. Because I figured voting was enough. I also thought voters would use their brains and vote for Hillary. I thought they were intelligent. That they were capable of critical thinking. That they were intelligent. Boy, was I wrong.
So here we are seven years later, and if you look around, you can see that the results of that election have also resulted in books being banned, women’s rights being taken from them, the LGBTQ and immigrant communities being vilified, and on and on.
So what are you doing about it? It’s time to speak up.
Prices go up and down. I’m used to that. I grew up on a small farm in the Midwest. I can cook about anything. So I know how to get by with less.
I can deal with inflation. But here’s what I can’t deal with. I can’t deal with my freedoms being taken away.
I’m all packed up and ready to fly to Virginia today. Why? Because I’m going to be attending Network NOVA’s Women’s Summit.
Now all I have to decide are which workshop sessions I’m going to attend. What do you recommend?
Do you live in the DC area? If so, buy a ticket and join me at the Women’s Summit!
I didn’t think so, and yet if you look around the country at what’s going on in state legislatures, you’ll see a lot of politicians are playing doctor.
You just don’t want all things trans “shoved down your throat.” Well consider this.