Beautiful Women

There are women in our world who have no idea what it means to be a feminist or for that matter what feminism means (Katy Perry being one of them). I don't know how this is even possible, but we need to fix it. Below is the definition of feminism by wikipedia: 

Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women. 

We won the right to vote 1919, can you imagine? Before this, we weren't allowed, our opinion meant nothing. Changing the constitution did not come easy. Thanks to Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), Alice Paul (1885-1977), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), Lucy Stone (1818-1893) and Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) who fought for our rights. They were raised to be independent and outspoken and fought through speeches, lectures, writings, marches and civil disobedience to bring about profound change to the constitution. Men were also part of the movement it should be noted. 

It's easy for women of today to forget what these women accomplished, because today we can be incredibly independent. It doesn't even seem possible that at one time in history, women mainly focused on being good wives and raising children. In our everyday lives, we can practice feminism by encouraging young women to be strong, supporting our fellow women who are and by listening and being there for one another through our trials and tribulations.

Sometimes women tend to be hard on ourselves and worry too much about what our bodies look like or that we aren't successful enough, this has to stop. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. If a man is going to judge based on looks, these are not the kind of men we want in our lives. Real men would rather be with a woman who is comfortable in her own skin, who has a sense of humor and likes to do and learn interesting things, versus just a pretty face and a great body.

Regarding success, let's give ourselves a break. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in the need to be successful we forget to enjoy our current success and just chill out. It's ok to sit in the couch and watch Netflix for hours, in fact it's healthy to have a time out. It's ok to fall asleep for three hours in a hammock or while reading a book on a Saturday. Our brains need time to download and process the information we take in on a daily. In those moments of doing nothing, the answers to the hardest decisions come to fruition and ideas for creativity come flowing through. 


xo, Fabiola Conrado.  #feminist, #feminism, #independence

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