Happy Mother's Day!
We interrupt your regular broadcasting for some Mother's Day wishes!
Women are truly incredible. Not in the "she's someone's mother/sister/daughter" kind of way — women are incredible in a standalone way that doesn't need to be simplified down to familial relationships to be justified.
Whether you're a mother, an animal mom, a future mom, or someone who will not or cannot have children, I don't think a holiday such as Mother's Day should feel like an exclusive club. Regardless of life situations and parental ties, a day for celebrating women is a day worth celebrating. Absolutely celebrate the wonderful mothers in your life — yourself, your own, or others' — but let's celebrate the accomplishments of all women, everywhere.
I know my grandma is reading this (hi, Judy!), and something I was thinking on the other day was how when she went to college, she wasn't allowed to wear pants. I can't imagine anyone having the audacity to tell me I'm unable to wear pants, and that wasn't even that long ago! In fact, private colleges (and private companies) across the country are still enforcing rules about yoga pants and spaghetti straps, while enforcing little-to-no guidelines for male ~fashion. These details are small, yes, but it all fits into the bigger picture of disadvantaging some while giving priority to others; the perfect summation of the human rights struggle as a whole.
In honor of the day, I've compiled some of my favorite quotes for women, by women. I curated a list featuring women from various professions and various ethnicities because a woman at any and every level deserves to have their voice heard. Of course, Hillary is on here twice because I just couldn't decide between the two.
So hug your mom or hug yourself or hug any woman you choose, and let's focus on building a world where we're all building each other up and can wear tank top straps of any thickness.
"To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." —Hillary Clinton
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." —Audre Lorde
"The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop." —Emma Watson
"Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all." —Hillary Clinton
"There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” ―Arundhati Roy
"Apparently, the hardest thing for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both." —Sylvia Plath
“Each time a woman stands up for herself without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” —Maya Angelou
"Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise." —Michelle Obama