Happy International Women's Day! Each year people around the globe acknowledge March 8th as a celebration of women's achievements and the progress made on issues that affect us. It's a time to honor the women in our lives who have impacted us, made a difference, and paved the way for us to stand where we are today.
Though it may have gotten its origins from politics, this day is so much more than that. I celebrate this day for those women who have made big discoveries and important advances in science and technology. For those who've set the bar high in sports, for those who've revolutionized fashion, for those who've created art, poetry, literature, and music that speaks to our soul. For those who have changed the political climate in pursuit of equality. For those who have altered the course of history in ways both big and small. For those career women leaving their mark in our economy and the corporate world. I celebrate for me, and for all the mothers who continue to devote their lives to raising families whether with a partner or on their own.
As a girl mom, I celebrate for my daughter and the females of the future. That she may always see her full potential. That she is never defined by what the world tells her women should be. That she always empowers and supports other women. That she will know that being a woman means both poise and strength, kindness and toughness, grace and brave; but never weak, never silent, never powerless. That she always wears her crown high knowing she is pure magic!
As a mom to three boys, I celebrate to shape a healthier generation of men. That they may know a woman's beauty goes beyond her looks. That they may recognize a woman's strength as an attribute and not as something to be afraid of or intimidated by. That they will never underestimate the power of a woman. That they will always see their sister as equal and never forget that it was a woman who birthed them and brought them up.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will leave you with these images from a recent Motherhood Session that speak for themselves. This is for every woman and every girl.
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog