Women's Day Getaway
Sunday was International Women’s Day and while I hadn’t really planned on marking the occasion, I did plan to spend the day with my Mom. What better way to celebrate women’s history, female accomplishments, and women’s voices than spending time with a woman I love and admire?
Mom and I love to plan getaways and adventures. We’re always up for events that involve our favorite interests from books and movies to shopping and gardening, so Mom and I headed to Epcot to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival.
If you’ve ever visited Epcot’s America pavilion, you may be familiar with the Voices of Liberty. This a cappella group performs patriotic songs like America The Beautiful and classics like Yankee Doodle Dandy and Oh! Susannah. Mom and I definitely share a love of music. My tastes are geared toward classic and alternative rock and I save my performances for karaoke, but Mom takes music seriously. Her notable performances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC. This week she is performing Broadway hits with the symphony chorus.
Even though we like very different styles of music, the Voices of Liberty always make our must see list at the park. I’ve seen the show a number of times and the group typically rotates a roster of patriotic favorites, but yesterday I was surprised to hear “This Is Me” from the film The Greatest Showman and the song was dedicated in recognition of International Women’s Day.
“This Is Me” is a powerhouse anthem of self acceptance with lyrics like:
“I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me”
If you’re looking for a song to fire up your self confidence, put this one on at full blast! So much of what we know about women’s history comes from their letters, diaries and personal histories. The places where they fearlessly exposed their true selves. Let’s celebrate our lives and accomplishments on our scrapbook pages and get our stories told. Let’s tell them boldly and creatively with photos and journaling that elevate our message to art from the heart.
International Women’s Day isn’t just a celebration of female accomplishments. It’s about a gender equal vision for the future. At www.internationalwomensday.com, the Each For Equal campaign vision statement reads: “The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen”. You can bet I’ve got a lot to say about that. Join me over on the podcast for more!