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Almost everyone alive has heard the expression, “I am woman, hear me roar.” Today is International Women’s Day so that expression will be heard over and over and over again. I am not going to use that expression. Instead, I am going to say several other things such as:
I have always loved being a woman. As the mother of three daughters, one son and the wife of one man, I have many roles and jobs as a woman. I want women around the world to have one of my most precious gifts. That is the gift of just being themselves. On this day dedicated to celebrating women, what we have done and what we will do in the future, I want to celebrate the sheer joy and privilege of being a woman who can be who she wants to be and live the life she wants to live.
There are places around the United States where I live and around the world where women are not permitted to be themselves, but instead must be what their parents want, what their husbands want or what their religious leaders want. Just the simple joy of being able to be me, Janeane Michelle James Davis is a treat, a gift and a wonderful blessing. I realize and understand that today many people are celebrating female heroes, news makers, celebrities and shining stars all around the world. I wish to take nothing way from those celebrations. I too admire the great accomplishments of women far and near. I too want women to continue to strive for and reach great heights of excellence and accomplishments.
At the same time, I want to celebrate and make known the value of women who are being women. Women who are being single, married, with children and without. Women who live their lives every day and want the joy, the pleasure, and all that comes with being a woman. I want people the world over to understand that being a woman, a woman who lives her life, who claims her place in the world is a person to be admired, respected and copied. I am a woman. I am celebrating International Women’s Day by being proud to be a woman, by being proud to be me.