The Power of Girls

Tamarack Verrall
Posted September 29, 2019 from Canada

Dear Girls,

Every one of you is a special gift. I look at you, listen to you in my community, see photos of you from around the world, hear your ideas and read your stories, and I see such beauty, and courage, and strength, and wisdom. Beauty, courage, strength and wisdom that comes from your young hearts, your young spirits just beginning to explore this world you have been born into.

I celebrate each moment that I see you happy, carefree, discovering your voice and your capabilities, hand in hand with friends and adults in your lives who celebrate you and encourage you to explore who you are and what you want to do with your precious lives.

I see too with deep pain in my heart those of you who have already felt injustice, been told you have no right to choose your own life path, have been subjected to silencing, control, punishment, forced labor, have been told you cannot go to school, have been verbally insulted or shamed for having not enough money for clothing or tuition or books, shamed for bleeding through clothing, for having been physically or sexually assaulted, for thinking differently from others, for being physically challenged, for looking different, or for having ideas that challenge these prejudices.

I want you to know that it has not always been this way, and that it is not this way everywhere. Much of the history of this world has been hidden by those who are intent on controlling the lives of girls and women, and suppressing the voices of those of us researching and speaking about the true history of this world, the times and places and communities in which women and girls have been and are still respected, and in which women’s leadership is expected. 

I want you to know that many of your older sisters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers, great grandmothers and ancestor mothers have been working for centuries for respect and equality for women and girls everywhere, and for the right of men and boys to be gentle without being attacked, as well. The right of freedom of choice for your own life path was written into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and all countries are supposed to be following it. Still in most of our countries men and boys are being taught that they have the right to control, even celebrated for being violent toward women and girls. We still find so many women and girls living as indentured labourers, kidnapped or trapped into sexual slavery, refused the right to financial independence, beaten for speaking out about fairness and freedom, beaten for challenging the idea that any man should be in control of any woman or girl.

Standing strong for your own and other girls’ freedom can also be hard, as even women and girls so often turn against any of us speaking out for a new way, calling us “too radical”, “radical feminist”, “anti-male”. Down deep many women fear punishment to speak openly about new ways and are rewarded for speaking out against those of us who are working for fairness and freedom. Please trust yourselves as you work for your own and each others’ freedoms. Let the accusations slide off your backs like water and know that you are not alone. Embrace radical, we need radical change, embrace feminist, we are determined to create a radically different life for women and girls. There are millions of us working together for these changes. 

Dear young sisters, it is painful to lay all this out but I must, as this is where we are at, and too many are still being told that “it is just the way things are done”. I want you to know that that beautiful fire inside you that tells you that you believe in a different way, a way in which you are free to soar wth your talents, choose your path, live free of violence and containment, that voice is precious, and your human right. That voice of yours which is so needed as we work together with the wisdom and love that we have as women, to balance leadership in this world and create a better world for everybody, a world in which we are taking care of the Earth as well. Your courage and trust in yourself is part of how we will succeed for the benefit of all.

I want you to know that we are so much further, so much stronger together than we were 100 years ago, even 50 years ago, even a few years ago. I want you to know that in great part my hope and new joy is because of you. I want you to know that I watch for you, and celebrate each time I see or hear you speaking out, your strong vision, your confidence, your new ideas, your intelligence, your passion, your inspired new forms of leadership, your ideas taking us beyond what we have even imagined. 

Now we are all connecting, in our own communities, around the world and across generations, able to understand better from each other what needs to be done, able to know and repeat each others’ stories. Now we hold hands across all distances and together we are creating freedom, a world without violence, a world without war, a world without poverty, a world in which we are taking care of each other and of our  Mother Earth and all her beings. It is the leadership of women and girls that has been missing.

You are the future dear girls, and you are spectacularly beautiful.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Lisbeth
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Aunty Tam,
Thanks very much for this uplifting message as all. Honestly, this post is like a chilled cool water on a sunny day. You actually just made my day. I am currently undergoing some Injustice and needed someone to just say please take heart and that am not alone.
You just did that and am very happy to have you as my sister, aunt, and mother. We all appreciate you and hope you continue to have the strength to write such wonderful posts for us. I am still wishing you a speedy recovery :-).
Hope you have a great Sunday.
Hugs

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 30
Sep 30

Dear Lisbeth,
Thank you so much for your encouragement, I love that it felt like cool water on a sunny day. Thanks too for your thoughts as I regained my strength over the summer. I needed time in the woods, and got it. I do have my bounce back!
Hugs back,
Tam

Lisbeth
Oct 01
Oct 01

I am very glad you got you bounce back. Yaaay praise to God.
Have a great day.
Regards

maeann
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hi Tam,

Thank you for writing to us girls. I hope this will also be read by the next generation. To let them know that we are creating a better place to live through sharing our stories and raising up one voice of freedom.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hi Maeann,
I feel your dedication too, and am so glad to be linking arms and putting our news and ideas together here on World Pulse. I do feel it so important that girls know that we have been and are continuing to be working for change. The length of time women have worked for this is important too, so that no one feels they are being too demanding or unrealistic. We have been told for so many years that we are asking for change too fast, when we know change can, should and must happen much faster.
Big hug,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear sister Tamarack,
Thank you so much for this dedication to girls and an ode to all the women who came before them. We love you!
Love and hugs from India
Urmila Chanam

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 30
Sep 30

My dear sister,
Thank you as always for the love and support both here, and in so many ways. I cherish our connection.
Love and hugs back
Tam

Jill Langhus
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Dearest Tam,

You are a special gift, too, and we all celebrate you, too, dearest one! Thanks so much for your wise words, as always, for the reminder that life as we know it hasn't always been this way, and thus, doesn't need to be, and won't be in the future, but also for your always-inspiring words of encouragement and support, to be our own authentic selves. To speak up. We need to hear this collectively that it's not only okay to be ourselves, but that our unique gifts are needed.

We celebrate you, dear, for all your support, love and all the work you have done throughout your lifetime to pave a better future for all women and girls. Your work and legacy will never be forgotten.

And, I agree, women's and girl's emancipation has been missing. As more and more of us emerge as leaders, and take our deserved, birthright power back, the better, and the sooner, the better. We can do this, together!

You are loved so dearly, Tam. I hope you know that!

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 30
Sep 30

Dear Jill,
We have been able to build such a connection here, working together, as many World Pulse sisters are doing the same because of the brilliance of this website, set up for us each to explore ways to use it. I did want to emphasize that in many communities both now and long ago, women have been and are respected. I hope to write more on that as I read and learn, myself. And yes, here we are able to be our beautiful selves with our voices getting stronger and stronger with the encouragement of each other.
much love in sisterhood,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Yes! I agree:-) It's a lovely, and very valuable relationship, I might add!

Hope you have a great day and week, dear!

XX

Hello, our beloved Tam,

I have goosebumps while reading this beautiful, heartfelt letter to girls. So powerful, I'm almost moved to tears. You have written it well, and every word sounds like a beat of a drum pounding in my heart. What an empowering letter to girls.

This resonates with me, " I want you to know that that beautiful fire inside you that tells you that you believe in a different way, a way in which you are free to soar wth your talents, choose your path, live free of violence and containment, that voice is precious, and your human right. That voice of yours which is so needed as we work together with the wisdom and love that we have as women, to balance leadership in this world and create a better world for everybody, a world in which we are taking care of the Earth as well. Your courage and trust in yourself is part of how we will succeed for the benefit of all."

I also see beauty, courage, strength, and wisdom from you, Tam. Thank you for inspiring us again! We have come this far because of your bravery.:)

Hugs!

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 02
Oct 02

Dear Karen,
I am so touched that this resonated deeply with you. I love your description of the drum pounding in your heart. I want you to know that in North America we women come together especially over the summer to drum together for the safety of women and girls, and to continually strengthen our connection within ourselves and with each other.
Hugs back,
Tam

Hello, Tam,

Wow, I can now call you Trivia Queen. :) You definitely have a lot of you "did-you-knows" that I love. Women coming together to drum, how lovely is that! I've been fascinated with drums since I was a girl, but I though those were for boys only. Ohhh, I wish I knew then what I knew now.

Yes, Tam, you are a strength to us, too. Thank you!

Amarachi Okpala
Oct 01
Oct 01

What a nice piece!

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks for the support Amarachi!

Rachana Singh
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear sister Tam,
Powerful message from you. You are a gifted writer. You put the fire back in hearts of your sisters. Tam is charisma, a phenomena.. I can't imagine a WorldPulse without Tam!!
May God almighty keep you always hale and hearty
Sending you love soo much.
Take care..

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Rachana,
Thank you so much for your lovely messages. Your words mean a lot to me. Encouraging really works. No matter how much I write, knowing it touches a sister encourages me to keep on in the same direction.
Love back to you,
Tam

Sumera Reshi
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Tam,

There is a saying, 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world' and I believe women have the power to mould mankind. And we all have a great role to play in the world. We as a community can make a positive change around the world even if that is a small change.

Best,
Sumera

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Sumera,
So true, and so interesting that that quote from the 1800's still lives on. I believe as you do that we all have a role to play and continue to be amazed that we can be connected here on World Pulse and moving forward together, small change by small change.
love in sisterhood to you,
Tam

Sumera Reshi
Oct 21
Oct 21

Dear Tam,

Thanks for your reply. Yes surely together we can make a difference.

Regards,
Sumera

ANJ ANA
Oct 21
Oct 21

Dear Tam,
Thank you so much for calling the girls spectacularly beautiful, so you are my dear.. full of wisdorm and experiences. More than the century long historic effort on women's rights as a human rights will be surely rememebered and continued with more logical and strong advocacy by the new generations for sure. May the equality prevails soon so that we no longer need to advocacy for our rights, rather we would love to be part of working for development than continuing never ending fighting for rights. Thank you so much for all your wise urge, motivation. Your each and every word is so much encouraging that motivates to work more harder.
Yes, we are holding our hands across all distances and together for the equality and creating freedom for a world without violence,
Love you more and more.
in solidarity,
anjana

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 25
Oct 25

Yes! Girls are the future and are spectacularly beautiful.
Thank you Older girl :-) for this letter to the girls. We (every girl) deserve to get such powerful words from a great lady like you.
Thank you for being with us and standing for us always.
Much love for you.
XX