Girl Power Has Always Been Here To Stay

by Carla Johnson on June 2nd, 2012

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again.

I am a woman. I am an intelligent, assertive woman. I have strong leadership qualities and I just so happen to be very tall, too. As a result, I do not fit in well with the “norm” anywhere I go. And I certainly don’t fit in with any standard religious organizations. I am open and intrigued by spirituality and I was raised in a fervent, conservative church, but early in my life I knew things were not fitting right.

Conservative religions of all kinds have a awful tendency to create special rules and roles for women. Even the women in these groups agree to the roles justifying it with statements like, “We are different, but equal.”

We are not very different at all. And and the few differences there are between men and women have nothing to do with all the contortions religious and political leaders want to put us through. Any man (or woman) who wants to treat females different than men is using their political and religious ideology to stunt & ignore truth.

My teenage daughter is brilliant and passionate about life. She ponders and analyzes events in her life and around the world. Lately she has been growing very frustrated with the treatment of girls and women both here in North America and around the world. She gets it. Women are centuries away from achieving true equality. It is not a good prognosis, but with a daughter like mine, that time line may just have shortened.

Today she shared this great link with me. I share it here in hopes that women and men of all ages, faiths and ideologies read it.

A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You” by Soraya Chemaly

Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman!

~ “I Am Woman” lyrics by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton


Watch “The Girl Effect”

This post just so happens to fit nicely with my post today on Cooking With Sin “From Rum Running to Women’s Lib.

The next post is also inspired by my daughter, “The Most Astounding Fact About The Universe.”

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