Today was a significant day.
Millions of women and men around the world came together to participate in our democracy, to let our leaders know the issues that are important to us. In Alaska, we had a blizzard, and yet thousands of women and men (and furbabies) still came together to participate in the Great Women’s March. I was very sad that I couldn’t participate in person due to a few things my husband and I had to work on, and when we got done, it was almost impossible to drive anywhere due to the huge piled up snow and the persistent blizzard. However, what I saw from the videos and the photos that poured out on social media were truly inspirational. There is so much passion among my fellow sisters, and the men who support us, that I am once again hopeful about the future.
There is a lot of work still to do, and one of the biggest things that we must focus on going forward is to inspire more women to be confident individuals. I believe that one of the biggest challenges facing women in our society is that many women don’t appreciate themselves. Many women are workers, mothers, caretakers, cooks, and many other roles all rolled into one, and have gotten so used to setting such high expectations for themselves that they not only under-appreciate themselves, but also subsequently under-appreciate other women. What this creates is a vicious cycle that decreases opportunities for all women, because it perpetuates less respect and value for women’s labor in our economy, which contributes to issues like pay inequality. Women must recognize this, and recognize their own biases in terms of setting expectations for themselves and other women. It is only until we see this that we can start work on improving ourselves and stop perpetuating this vicious cycle. Additionally, women in leadership positions must work extra hard to nurture and encourage other women to succeed and achieve their full potential, whether if that is in the workplace or at home or anywhere else.
Many women work so hard in our society and it is about time that we all properly recognize them for their contribution to our society. As many amazing men and women, including one of my favorite and most respected film directors, Hayao Miyazaki, have said: When women succeed, we all succeed. Success breeds success, and when every member of our society actively participates to create a better society for all of us, together, we grow an ever-giving forest of fruitful trees.
On that note, I shall conclude by announcing that I am proud to be performing in the upcoming 2017 production of the award-winning play The Vagina Monologues directed by our very own, Alaskan, super-prolific female director Colby Bleicher.
We will have two performances:
1st performance – Saturday February 18th at 7pm at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel
2nd performance – Thursday February 23rd at 8pm at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub
This production is proudly presented by STAR.