I’m sitting on the couch right now next to Man. We are eating our lunch and watching Senator Elizabeth Warren deliver one of her fiercely powerful and inspiring speeches at the Women’s March. I began tearing up and Man asked why. I explain to him the significance of this march, the importance of protests, and the seriousness of standing up for the equal rights of all citizens worldwide. He seemed to understand it at his six-year-old level.
“Oh, so they are saying that a woman can be a President too?”
“Yes,” I explain, “They are saying that women can do everything that a man can do. Do you believe that?”
“Sure, I don’t understand why they can’t.”
He is blessed to be a young child, bathed in his innocence. As his mother I will protect him, but continue to raise him with the attitude that he so plainly stated.
For various reasons, I am not attending a march, but by no means am I sitting back and remaining silent. I am of sound mind and body, and therefore, take responsibility for doing my part in this historic movement. It’s within the crux of my last statement where the crucial message lies, “of sound mind and body.” My body, my entire being, is strong, not just my pussy!!
This word has been tossed around lately (thanks, Trump) and used colloquially as though it doesn’t hold a most lewd meaning. I am filled with pride to see women wearing their “pussy hats”, but we are SO MUCH STRONGER and SO MUCH MORE than just our pussies!!!!
My heart is strong: it allows me to have empathy and give kindness to those less fortunate. It helps guide me when teaching my children the important difference between right and wrong. It serves as a beacon of strength even when it’s wounded by injustice. It acts as a monitor when deciphering the intricate ways of the world.
My eyes are strong: They remain wide open and take in all that is around me. They have no trouble noticing acts of unimaginable kindness, but they see clearly the evil in the world. I am not blind to what is happening around me, and because of that, I can do my part to create change.
My hands are strong: They sit here typing my words for all to see. I might not be marching today, but my hands allow my message to be carried. They allow the strong women marching today to create and holds signs of anger, signs of hope, and signs of change. They allow our message to be carried worldwide.
My lungs are strong: They fill my body with the breath I need to scream my message loudly to all that will listen. They lend timber to my voice. My mouth is strong: It formulates the words with which to call out inequality, unfairness, prejudice, and discrimination. It provides me with the opportunity to instead begin a meaningful dialogue about change.
My ears are strong: They allow me to hear the cries of those less fortunate. They allow me to receive the ideas of those smarter than me, and with them I am afforded the opportunity to hear the significant and dynamic messages of every woman speaking at the marches today. These messages inspire us to get up and act! In conjunction with my eyes, I can gather knowledge on how best I can work to bring about change.
My uterus is strong: It incubates a new generation of people which will continue to bring our message of strength and hope into the future.
My brain is strong: It allows me to understand my strengths and my weaknesses and focus my abilities on where I can best make change. It tells me that I am more than just my pussy. It shows me that when I use it, I am equal to every other human on the planet and there are no limits to my potential.
My body is strong: when used together, all my parts create a tough, nasty woman, who will sit quietly no longer. A woman who deserves equal pay, choices over her own body, and is as powerful as any man out there. I am a woman who will stand up for equal rights of all people, who will call out injustice when she sees it, and who will teach her children to do the same. WE are our strength, not our pussies.