Women are amazing
Women are strong as hell.
When I worked with domestic violence survivors I was AMAZED at how strong the women were. They had been through hell and back and were still amazing women. They stood up for themselves and their kiddos. They did everything in their power to keep those children safe and cared for. They escaped horrible situations, sometimes putting themselves in more danger, to start a new life. They made sacrifices, sometimes meaning they lost their children, because they knew it was the safer option. They knew having a mama who was alive meant more than having a dead mama, even if that mama didn’t get to see her kids all the time. They testified even when they knew he would get off. They left even though it put them at risk of deportation.
When I escort at the abortion clinic I see women get out of their cars even when they are swarmed by anti-choicers. I see women cry as they walk in, but they still hold their heads up high and ignore the men trying to bagger them. Women thank ME, even though they are the ones getting abortion despite every single card stacked against them.
I know women who have been groped or harassed at work and continue to show up every day anyways. I know women who have reported men in positions of authority even though they know nothing will happen to him and they might be retaliated against. They report anyways, with the hope it will scare him away from doing it to another women.
I’ve seen women walk women they don’t know home from the bar. I’ve seen women pull drunk women away from men who are trying to take them home.
I know women who have been raped, and haven’t dropped out of school, haven’t stopped working, haven’t stopped being a mama, haven’t stopped living.
I’ve seen women put themselves between big scary men and other women. Women who put themselves between men of color and police officers. I have seen women pushed to the ground by police, assaulted by police, and continue filming.
I know women fighting addictions in a system that is meant to treat only men. Women set up their own programs, their own treatment plans.
I was hospitalized with women who went years without treatment for their mental illnesses because they were brushed off as “moody” or “dramatic”. They push on anyways.
Women live in a world where EVERYTHING is stacked against us. We have been living in this world for centuries, and we survive it every single day. We survive it.
Women are strong as hell. Women are amazing.