girl power.

i’m not sure why, but i’m in a girl power kinda mood tonight. if i was into burning bras, i would do it right now. if there was a women’s rights protest happening nearby, i’d go there. some days i feel more like a feminist than others. i have no reason to be feeling that way today, nothing happened. nothing at all. i just feel it. sometimes i feel it when i see my wife, when i think of her, when i am proud to be married to her because we are women, because she is who she is. sometimes i feel how all women are strongly connected and part of each other. sometimes it’s just a day to embrace my feminism, what it means to be a woman, and the importance of all girls to have the chance to feel this surge of girl power rising from within them. some days i just feel empowered. strong. proud.

there are many, many amazing women out there. i have met a great deal and have had the joy of all kinds of amazing women passing through my life. and then there are many who i have not met, but have inspired me just as much. so, here are some quotes… just some women & some words that inspire me that i thought i’d share with you. i may have gone over the top, but there’s just so much good stuff that can’t be missed.

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
― Gloria Steinem

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world” ― Virginia Woolf

“Experiment! Meet new people. That’s better than any college education . . . By adventuring; about, you become accustomed to the unexpected. The unexpected then becomes what it really is . . . the inevitable.” ― Amelia Earhart

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank.

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” ― Jane Austen

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”
― Coco Chanel

“Finally, by the sea, where God is everywhere, I gradually calmed.” ― Patti Smith

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” ― Joan of Arc

“I crossed the street to walk in the sunshine.” ― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” ― Michelle Obama

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” - Louisa May Alcott.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” - Maya Angelou.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? - Marianne Williamson.

in the words of a great woman who left this world this week… “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron

peace, love, rainbows, & girl power.

9 comments

  1. Carissa

    To add to your list of quotes (with a long one)… I’ve been reading She Who Is by Elizabeth Johnson recently. Here’s a quote I really liked that speaks about the Holy Spirit in feminine language and how she can be a model for a new image of the “ideal” woman:

    “In light of the full range of the Spirit’s activities the insufficiency of those theological efforts that associate women with the Spirit simply through so-called feminine traits becomes clearer. The Spirit is much more than the stereotypical, patriarchal feminine. She is, in the words of one early Christian theologian, ‘intelligent, boundless in power, of unlimited greatness, generous in goodness, whom time cannot measure.’ When women are considered imago Dei with Spirit-Sophia in view, a possibility of female integrity beyond dichotomizing comes into view. Not only creative but also recreative presence, not only nurturing but justice-making activity, not only sustaining but liberating power, not only love but truth, not only relationality but freedom are the capacity of human women in her image.”

    Hopefully that isn’t too dense. Anyway, I totally agree with you about the amazing connection we can have with other women. I love it.

  2. Barb

    Amen!

    I especially like Michelle Obama’s and Eleanor Roosevelt’s. Hmmm, they are both spouses of presidents. I wonder if that means anything.

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