Photo by Hilary Murphy
It’s International Women’s Day today, and it’s gotten me thinking about all the amazing women in my life–particularly my two grandmothers, one a strong, smart world traveler who just passed away at the age of 100, and my other “Gram” who helped raise me after raising her own seven children, taught first grade for 40 years, mowed her own lawn until she was 90, and made the best molasses cookies. 🍪💪
Helping young girls grow up to be purposeful, passionate women starts with allowing them to be themselves–to discover who they really are, what brings them joy and passion–and encouraging them to do more of that. Girls receive lots of messages from the media and elsewhere that gives them the impression they should strive to be something else, to look or talk or act a certain way, that often doesn’t align with how they feel on the inside. 💘
This is exactly what my song Real Girl (winner of the ASCAP Sesame Street Songwriting Award) is about. I wrote it for the group Real Girls, which was created by another amazing woman, artist Catherine Lent in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The Real Girls are the stars of this video! ✨
Let's help our young girls discover who they are now, so they can blossom and grow into their beautiful, authentic, strong selves. 🌸
I’d love to hear about a woman in your life who’s inspired you. Let me know in the comments below!