What International Women’s Day Means to Me

Today I’d like to celebrate Women.  I have been blessed to have many wonderful women in my life. They are the reason I write this column.

You know who you are. Thank you. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be here today.

While this is a day to celebrate how far we have come as a society, I think that this year, more than ever, we should be focusing more on the work that still needs to be done.

I write this column in complete support of the #PressforProgress movement.

So, what does the movement mean? One can spend hours searching the Internet reading forums and news articles to find an answer, but, to me, this movement symbolizes more than just the headlines.

This movement is about Respect. This movement is about honoring and celebrating all the strong women in our lives who deserve respect.

My hope is that one day there is no need for social movements like #MeToo or #TimesUp.

I applaud the folks in leadership positions who have taken the time to give women all across the world a voice these past couple of months. More specifically, I am so very thankful for the Judge in the Women’s Gymnastics trial who let the victims speak.

This is progress. But, we can do better.

This is what the Government is for. This is why laws are created. We need to protect the people we love and care about. We need to step back and say enough is enough. This can’t continue to happen.

My hope is that one day Women don’t have to be quiet when they are mistreated.

Women should be protected to be able to come forward and share their story and we should listen. This is the only way progress happens.

Women have a voice, and it’s a strong one. So, why don’t we just let them speak?

My hope is that one day we as a society won’t elect leaders who mistreat Women.

My hope is that one day we do a better job at electing Women. I don’t think we’d be disappointed and I think we as a society desperately need it.

My hope is that I will never have to write a column like this one again.

I will wear my purple tie to work today with tremendous pride.

-BT-

Blake Tarmann