March 21, 2018
In recent months we have seen many difficult issues surrounding women bubble to the surface. Stories of mistreatment from boardrooms to Hollywood and even the farm field rocked our world. Women everywhere began to find solidarity in sharing their stories and as a result, from politics to corporations, sweeping change seems to be underway. As a woman, this outcry makes me proud but it also makes me wonder, where do I go from here? You see, I don’t think this is an issue of men versus women or a declaration of feminism, but rather an issue of how we treat each other as human beings.
As women are taking the initiative to speak up and use their voices and influence to demand real change, I have decided to look inward. How have I enabled this type of behavior, and how can I change myself to affect the world around me? For me, the change starts with speaking up for myself and to think before I speak. To speak up for my friend when she doesn’t have the ability to speak up herself. To speak up for the women I don’t know and to make sure they know that they have people on their side.
Sounds easy, right? I can assure that it’s not, otherwise it wouldn’t be an issue. One of the ways I arm myself is with my camera. Even if I can’t always say the words, I can speak up and speak out loudly through the images I capture of the strong, successful and amazing women of agriculture. If words aren’t your tool, find something that is; something that will work for you.
So, I challenge myself and I challenge you; let it start with us. Whether you are a man or a woman, young or old, outspoken or quiet, you have the power to speak up and speak out. When you do, maybe, just maybe, that person will think twice before hurting someone else.
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