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W.O.M.A.N.

February was Black History Month. We reminisced. We celebrated.  Now we’ve turned the calendar page with that comes more celebrations.

March is Women’s History Month. When you think about a woman, what is your first thought? For me, just one thought doesn’t come to mind. Women are nurturers, counselors, friends, cheerleaders, daughters, breadwinners, mothers, nurses, and multitaskers, to name a few. Without women, there would be no life, which is a sign of new beginnings. However, starting with childbirth, there are also pains. From that point forward, we are also overcomers. We hope to BE the sunshine. With being a woman, it’s a whole j.o.b! We are superheroes without a cape on the regular, from sun up til sundown, then repeat. We hope to bring smiles, love, and joy with each diaper change, homemade meal or meal bought, birthday planned, outfit purchased, graduation or activity attended, hug given, etc. Most women are the glue!  

If you think about it, we are standing on the shoulders of some gentle giants!  Maya Angelou was a writer and poet.  Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and presidential advisor.  Bethune Cookman College is also named after her.  Coretta Scott King was an author, activist, and civil rights leader.  The Four Girls (Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley) killed in the 16th Street Church Bombing in Birmingham by the KKK, were gathering on Youth Day to take part in the Sunday adult service.  Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman pilot.  Lena Horne was a singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist.  Angela Davis is a (feminist) political activist.  Barbara Walters was a broadcast journalist and television personality.  Jackie Kennedy Onassis was a writer and editor who served as the first lady.  Zora Neal Hurston was a filmmaker and anthropologist.  Wilma Rudolph was a sprinter who overcame childhood polio. And Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, to name a few, worked at NASA during the Space Race. 

You name it, we’ve not only done it, mastered it, and SWAGhered it!  So we continue the celebrations. Cheers to women!

 

Article Written by: Amye Matthews| Who says BIG things can’t come from small beginnings?  Amye was raised in South Carolina and currently lives in Florida.  She is the youngest of three children and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Amye has a love of reading and writing and has been doing so since middle school. You can follow her on Instagram @anangelstouchbyamye.

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