We’ve been told
We are not smart enough. We are not strong enough. We are too young. We are too old. Wait your turn.
We have been beaten. We have been sexually harassed and abused.
We’ve been told be good. Don’t tell.
Given birth to, set the table and fed a nation. We have fought in wars; domestic and foreign.
We are nurses, doctors, educators, farmers, wait staff, daycare providers and serve tirelessly in many professions.
We hold down jobs, bring home the bacon (cook it) and raised families
We have sacrificed our health and well-being so that others may thrive.
We have learned from our experiences and we, the women survive.
We do not
Value the measure of a person simply by the balance of their investment portfolio.
Nor do we pre-judge a person by age, the color of their skin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
Support future and current leaders who have lived our stories.
We must work to ensure our government is reflective of all the people it serves.
We must also step up and become those people in every level of government.
It is time
Women take a seat at the table.