Today is International Women's day. The UN theme for 2017 is Empowering Women: Empowering Humanity #BeBoldForChange. What better way to celebrate it than by writing a blog post about breaking the stereotype messages we hear all the time?
I am bold and strong being a woman.
I am bold and fierce being a Senior Principal Consultant in the Security Consulting world, which is dominated by Men.
I am bold and loving and caring being a Mom, in spite of having missed a few award ceremonies and a few tennis lessons for my Daughter.
I am bold and a loving Wife, and still cry on the shoulders of my amazing Husband.
I am bold and still scared while driving at night, and call my Husband.
I am bold and an amazing cook, but still crave for a plate of food to be handed to me when I return from a long day at work. I enjoy every bite of it when handed to me by none other than a Man my Husband.
I am bold and a woman, and Mentor many men at work.
I am bold and a Hindu, and still believe in the Supreme Lord Krishna.
I am bold and a staunch devote of my beloved Guru who is again a Man.
I am bold and a confident woman, and speak at many events and conferences which is filled by Men.
I am bold and adventurous and travel alone for Work.
Who says that being a woman means doing the stereotypes? I have broken several barriers, and push my Daughter, my Mentees, woman I work with, woman I met in my everyday life to break those barriers, and still be a woman.
To quote from the blog I wrote for my Company with minor changes:
This International Women’s Day, based on the theme I want to challenge women around the world to be brave and bold. Be BRAVE and be BOLD, sign up for new challenges which you have never accomplished. Challenge yourself to break the stereotypes.
I will close this post by a famous quote from our 44th President of the United States Barack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”