Last month, on March the 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day of 2018. At this time I would like to take a moment to recognize women and the power and inﬂuence they have imprinted on this earth and in my life. From generation to generation women have been the backbone of their families and communities. The chefs, nurses and sometimes doctors, the counselors, the spiritual and emotional healers, the self-starters, conﬁdence builders and biggest supporters, the style consultants and hairdressers, the fundraisers and community liaisons, the saleswomen and guidance counselors, the spiritual soothers, and school teachers, the leaders and law makers, the mediators and peacemakers. They stay up all night praying for the safety of their loved ones and they are those who never sleep, striving to protect their families.
While women face many barriers and obstacles, they are ﬁghters and they will eventually overcome them. God has blessed women with the strength to give birth to nations and raise them up as followers of the truth, determining what is right. Without our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and friends, life would not be as sufﬁcient for us.
Our Cleopatras, Harriet Tubmans, Sojourner Truths, Susan B. Anthonys, Emmeline Pankhursts, Rosa Parks, Wangari Maathais, Oprah Winfreys, and Michelle Obamas, and many others. These women have stood up against many brick walls and burst through them full force, and paved the pathway to empower more women to succeed.
I entitled this article “The Backbone”. Google describes the backbone as “the series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the pelvis; the spine”. Women are the small bones that support the major function of our body, society. Without these small bones the body would not be formed and structured to stand upright and move. Women keep the world standing straight and moving forward to a brighter future for those who follow.
Thank you Shirley Thompson, Eleanor Thompson, Shirlette Thompson, Brenda Sims, Juanita Johnson, Gail Irby, and Chatina Knighton for being the comforters and encouragers of my life. I love you all, my “Backbones”.