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Women’s History Month 2021

What does Women’s History mean? Take a step back and take a long look in the mirror and reflect. That person that you are looking at in the mirror is History! You are a part of a greater humanity a legacy that speaks to your history. As it is a part of history let never forget to look back every once in a while and take the time to learn more, engage more, change more.

As we see another Women’s History Month come to a close that’s just a month I wanted to share a few things. Women’s History should be acknowledged and celebrated each day as women truly are the ones that have made the world. let us never forget what it means to be a part of such History.

Here are a few things that I want you to do to remain mindful as I know we all have busy lives. 

Remembrance. If you are not becoming that great lady that you are to become my question to you is why? Is it by choice or that you don’t know where to begin? Either way, you either have to create the change you want to see. Too often we are looking for someone to be that someone that changes the world. Oftentimes the world is looking to you to be that one who creates inspired change where you live. 

You may think that you have nothing to offer so that others can stand upon you. You are more than what you truly think or what society has perceived you should be. Take another look. Our lives are upon “mighty shoulders” are you going to step back and remember those who have come before you and become the best version of yourself or are you waiting for someone, something outside of yourself to do so? You are more powerful than you think!

“You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda the Good Witch

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Social Awareness. Let us be mindful that we play a major role in history as a whole. Where you see injustice take a stand and fight for what you believe in. Never hesitate to stand apart from the crowd voicing your thoughts and opinion. Never be afraid or ashamed to speak out in fear of criticism, use that fear to fuel your energy in the direction of change.

Embrace. Let us embrace each other's differences. One of the greatest blessings to humankind is our differences. How bland life would be if we all looked the same, talked the same, reacted the same? The beauty of this is to embrace our uniqueness and bring those qualities to the “table” of humanity and make positive change. We all have a part to play so let’s all work together in unity and harmony.

History. Learn history. Never miss an opportunity to educate yourself on history of any kind. One of the greatest failures in our society is our failure to see. We choose not to see what we don’t want to acknowledge because it's much easier to accept. 

It is that kind of thinking that has impeded the growth we so desperately seek in society. Until you acknowledge anything you will never be able to change it. With acknowledgment comes a choice with a choice comes the courage to change. We are surrounded by history as our lives are shaped by it. You are not just the start of something but a continuation of a story, history!

As we continue to embrace Women’s History I have a suggestion for a movie want to hear it? I knew you would! If you want a movie that embodies Women’s History then you must check out on Hulu, “The United States V.S. Billie Holiday”. If you don’t know her story YOU need to! Her story is a legacy that still strikes a chord with us today. Civil Rights. This lady or as they call her (and still do) “Lady Day” is a powerhouse story of a woman who loved her people and would sacrifice herself for her beloved.

This movie has already received the recent Golden Globes Award for Best Actress and there is no doubt that it could win for best actress and picture at the Academy Awards coming in April of 2021. I have to watch again as I had to learn the backstory for the preparation for such a role and what Andra Day, who portrayed Billie Holiday had to go through for such an emotional heart-wrenching portrayal of this tortured amazing woman. In my opinion, is worthy of Best Actress and Best Movie for the upcoming Oscars in April. 

Want more history? Andra Day became the first Black actress to win this role for her portrayal in 35 years of the Golden Globes’ history! Is that good or bad? In my opinion, a long time coming, and still more that needs to be acknowledged.

Celebrate Your History, Women's History all year round!

Watch it on Hulu! 

Annette

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