Here's To Those Women!

Sambridhi
Posted October 30, 2017 from Nepal

When I was a little girl, I believed in fictions and fairytales in things like magic and miracles. I believed that no matter how strong the evil could be the good would always win over. As I grew up, knew more about the world I realized a hardcore truth; fairytales don't exist. More significantly, its not always good over evil as many times the evil does its deeds and successfully get away with it. Growing up was shattering every childhood picture of a simple world. The more I became older, I started understanding patriarchy, gender biasness and violence against women across the globe that shook my ideals and perspectives of a child.

In my teenage years, when I had to encounter harassment and catcalling myself, and came face to face with the reality, I felt vulnerable and for an instance also wished I was a boy. What could a naïve teenager do? As women around me were bottled up about it all, decided to not make an issue of matters as such, I did not break the taboo either. As a matter of fact I continued to do what they did; not voice and take action rather live in silence and fear. Pitiful! And the domination continued, Women were told not to talk a certain way, not to walk a certain way not to dress a certain way. Rules and more rules on top put by the society but all so illogical, all so delusional and the ones that actually needed some action had never a moment to even consider about their wrong actions.

It was all a big sigh of melancholy until women became heroic and chose to speak against what's bothering them. Until they began putting an end to silence and denied inequality towards their gender. When young women like Malala took a shot for education, or the time that lady in the local bus took a stand for herself when a middle aged man sexually harassed her. When, Oprah Winfrey became a legend despite her difficult past and that story of howsome uneducated women from a deprived area, started a small scale business to empower themselves. Inspiring stories came from everywhere and I felt there was hope. The sheer courage and willpower of women who dare to take a stand against wrong is what I am thankful for. I am thankful for those women, who are fierce and bold, who are independent and strong; women who chose to be the hero of their story rather than playing a victim, who inspire every other woman on the planet, empower them and root for them. The unconventional women who dedicate their lives for a good cause, whose faith and existence has merely become a blessing for the society and to us all. The women who are leaders and dream limitlessly breaking every barriers of stereotypes is something that makes me want to become a better example myselfto young girls out there. I am grateful to be a girl simply because of those people from my gender who give all the reasons to make me proud of who I am. These women make me stronger, give me hope, and courage. They inspire me and remind me to keep my head high and do what I believe in. I am truly grateful for them and we should all be because they make the world a better place.

I used to look for heroes I once read about in fairytales and fictions when I was a little girl. It was until later I realized not all heroes wear capes and some heroes are women!

This story was submitted in response to I Am Thankful for You Because....

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maeann
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017

Hello Sambridhi,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  I would allege that women in this generation when speaking to what is right are heroes! You are hero also :)

Sambridhi
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017

Thank you Maenn! I agree with you. And so are you! :)

maeann
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017

yey :) thank you

Jill Langhus
Oct 31, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Hi Sambridhi:) How are you doing, hon? Thanks for sharing your humbling story. Indeed, it's a good time to be alive for women when there are excellent role models emerging for all girls and women to look up to now. I do hope that you are starting to believe once again in miracles and magic, however... it's all in perception:-) It all starts with the gratitude that you have shown in your story.

Sambridhi
Oct 31, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Hey Jill. I am all good. I hope you're doing great too.

Well I am a dreamer, and forever will be. I think we all should never give up dreaming and believing in magic and miracles. ;) And especially with kind encouraging words like yours, there's no doubt that the world has beautiful women to learn from. Thank you so much for reading and giving a feedback. Love! ❤ 

Jill Langhus
Nov 01, 2017
Nov 01, 2017

Great:-) I am, thanks:)

Good to hear that you are a dreamer. Yes, I think so, too. Aw, thanks:) You're very welcome.  

Sambridhi
Nov 01, 2017
Nov 01, 2017

:) :)

Beth Lacey
Nov 01, 2017
Nov 01, 2017

Yes, we all need heroes to inspire us and lift us up. Thank you for sharing your story.

Beth

Sambridhi
Nov 01, 2017
Nov 01, 2017

Thank you for your feedback Beth. ❤

Jackie Lidubwi
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 05, 2017

Hello Sambridhi:) I felt encouraged reading your piece, I have shed a tear or two,  I work hard for a better society, to make a difference no matter how small it is, so when I read this I felt appreciated, you touched me, thank you.

Jackie

Sambridhi
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 05, 2017

Hello Jackie,

I am glad my article touched you, that was the entire purpose of writing. You should definitely be proud of yourselves, and thank you for your hardwork. The world needs more women like you all. Love and respect to you. ❤

Best wishes for your future. Keep shining!

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 17, 2017

Hi Sambridhi,

I was so encouraged too to read your story, it shows how important it is to recognize and retell the work that other women are doing. By recognizing what has been done, we are all  stronger. I love that you list so many Greats, then describe how knowing about them brought you personally into your own power. By keeping what has been done alive, we can continue with the knowledge that this has been taking far too long, that the time is now, and that we are in this together.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Sambridhi
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 17, 2017

Dear sweet Tam,

Thank you for your constructive feedback. I am happy you could agree to this. I absolutely love your spirit and positive attitude. Truly, we are all in this together. Cheers to sisterhood!

Love and good wishes to you.  

Lucy Aoko
May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018

Great story with wonderful lesson

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