My International Women’s Day Thank You
Yesterday was International Women's Day! I wanted to write a thank you to all women from Nampa to Boise out to my Texas family. I wanted this one to stand out from all the rest and that's why you have a day later. It's important we do this more than just one little day. Here's to day two.
"The strength of a person comes from some place deep within their soul where they in all humility understand and feel how worn someone’s shoes are." - Kekeluv
Thank you to all the women Internationally and right here in the Treasure Valley for being inspirational. Women endure discrimination that NO man could ever fully understand both socially and in the workplace. They have been standing up for themselves longer than I've been born okay....R.E.S.P.E.C.T. That said, looks like I still have the upper hand don't I? My ethnicity is White, and my gender is a male. That pretty much gives me a free pass into the white privilege club. I don't say that with pride, but embarrassment. It's a fact that I could make more money than you by doing the same job in some workplaces. It's a fact that I don't have to worry about racial discrimination like you because I am WHITE. It's true I could treat women the way I want in some countries, and it's legal - because I'm a man. Well, I wouldn't call someone who does that a man.
'When I was born I had a success story already written for me; you were given a pen and no paper." - Royce Mann, 14
It’s up to men to stand up for women not because it’s on a billboard or it’s March 8. Real men should STAND UP EVERYDAY FOR WOMEN. Without out them – there is no us. International Women’s Day happens around the world in places where a woman doesn’t have a right. In some places she can’t show her face. Globally, women are paid 60-75% of what a man makes.
603 MILLION women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women, either through their own earnings or cash transfers, changes spending in ways that benefit children.
International Women’s Day started in 1909 and had nothing to do with Donald Trump being elected President. What’s happened over the previous year isn’t about one man or a political party. Today women across the country will stand in solidarity to remind each other that the fight for equality began long before themselves. A match lit a long time ago and women today are responsible carrying that torch in the wake of slander, opposition, and road blocks that STILL set us back mentally as a nation.
Until MEN get together and march with other MEN to stand for all WOMEN, it's up to the females in our society to lead the way never looking back.
I write this well beyond a specific number of characters, lines, pages, or recommended word count. There is no limit on expression, and a woman should never get tired of hearing how unbelievable and incredible she is. That should be every man's FIRST tattoo.
To women: I choose you. I put myself out there unapologetically even if it’s just a gesture; I’ll rise up and invite every man to stand with me for you. Take whatever day you want off, be with your girls, love yourself and feel good about knowing that the world will never thrive without your presence. I stand with the women no matter what label sits above a public bathroom door. I only care what's lies beneath your heart. THAT'S what's important.
You make me proud not just today, but every time you call my show to win something for someone else because that’s what a mom does. That's what a caring woman does for her girlfriend. That's what a loving aunt does for her nephew. You make me proud because you’re disciplined in a way that I am not, and your emotional connection to our kids is something we can only admire.
To my wife: You make me proud because you grew our son in your little body without fail and delivered a miracle by yourself. You make me proud because with all the complications – you never complained once. Never once.
You make me proud because I love and respect you. As long as you rise, I will be lifting you up as you have done for me. We are one, and hopefully, when our son is older, he will be teaching his son the same thing and maybe lifting his daughter up.
I would challenge men to take a moment and really take in what a woman goes through in life. Be her champion and ALWAYS make her feel comfortable. We should make ALL women feel safe. That's in a perfect world, but why can we strive to get as close as we can to perfection? Is it so hard to stick up for women when they're being treated unfairly? We have to adjust the way we look at women before conversations like this will ever vanish. It's up US. MEN. I'm so proud for all the women around the world who say, NO MORE. Think of how much MORE powerful they could be if we stood by their side. Imagine.