The month of March is designated by presidential proclamation as Women’s History Month. It is during this month we honor and pay tribute to women who have contributed to American history. Women such as:
Harriet Tubman: a brave and determined woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom during the Civil War
Amelia Earhart: one of the world's first woman pilots
Madeleine Albright: a diplomat and political scientist who became the first female Secretary of State in 1996
Misty Copeland: the first Black woman to be named a principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre in 2015
Serena Williams: a professional tennis player with 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her name—the last of which she won while pregnant. She currently holds more titles than any other active player, has won four Olympic gold medals, and became the highest-paid female athlete in the world in 2016.
Aretha Franklin: known as the Queen of Soul and was the first woman to ever be elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Michelle Obama: the first woman of color to become the first lady of the United States in 2008.
Maya Angelou: Her works I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings and Still I Rise are commonly quoted today in reference to her years of activism in the civil rights movement. She's been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and three Grammys.
Oprah Winfrey: best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which ran in national syndication for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and was once the world's only black billionaire.
Ketanji Brown Jackson: the first black woman to serve as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
We Honor You
Ladies, while we honor all of these women and many others for their contributions, there is one woman above all of them we need to give our highest honor and respect. That woman is YOU! Yes, I mean that with my whole heart. You are such a unique individual. You may not be famous and your name may not be in lights, but the world would not be the same with the absence of you. You are a grandmother, a mother, an aunt, a sister, a niece, and a friend. There will never be another you. There are things you bring to this world that no one else can.
It is your smile that is second only to the sun. It is the sacrifices you make when caring for your children no matter how tired or sick you were. You work hard to be the best helpmate to your husband. You are compassionate and encouraging when your friends need you most. Many times you've had to suffer in silence hiding your own pain and no one knew what you were going through. But you got up the next morning with a smile on your face to give your family and the world something they have never had before…the best part of you. You've made mistakes and you are not perfect. Nevertheless, you did the best you could with what you knew. For this, I honor YOU! I want you to know that your sacrifices are not in vain. Please remember my sister, you are a Queen. You are the daughter of The Most High God. Miracles and blessings are waiting for you, and only you. So don’t give up the fight. Stay strong in your mind, master your emotions, and don't give your power away. Take each day, one day at a time. No matter what it looks like on the outside of you, you control what's on the inside of you. Thank you for your endless sacrifice, your amazing love, and your relentless courage to keep going no matter what obstacles you face. Your life is a roadmap for those coming behind you. So lead them well. because you never know who is watching you. Know that you are worth it, you are enough, and I honor and celebrate you!
Love and Blessings,
Call to Action: Do something special for a woman in your life. Whether it be a grandmother, a mother, an aunt, a daughter, your sister, or your friend. And don't forget to love and celebrate yourself. Please share your comments and your testimonies at the bottom of this post.