I am a WOMAN.

I swore I wasn't going to comment on this. I swore I wasn't going to add my opinion to the insurmountable amount that are already out there. But, I'm over it.

I am a WOMAN.

When God created Heaven and Earth, he also created man and woman. And how did he do that? He took one of Adam's ribs and turned it into Eve.

To me, this suggests that a woman has the capacity to be greater than and built upon all that a man has to offer, for that rib is used to protect his vital organs and help keep him upright.

I am not a woman that believes she lacks basic human and civil rights. I am not a woman that has been made to feel inferior in today's world. I am not a woman that feels robbed of dignity because of the way the world is.

In fact, I'm the very opposite.

I am a woman that is grateful for all those that came before me that stood in the streets and fought for our suffrage. I am a woman that knows and understands what a beautiful gift it is to carry a child within us and birth him or her. I'm also a woman that can get up in the morning, drive a vehicle, go to work a job that I worked to get because I was able to go to and complete college. And at that same job, I respect my boundaries, but know when to stand up and voice my opinion against anyone, whether that be a man or a woman.

I am a woman that is married to a man that knows that he will never treat me inferiorly. I walk and stand beside him as we go through our life. I established early on in the relationship that no one, and definitely not a man, will tell me when, where, and how I am going to do something. I am headstrong. I am capable. I am a WOMAN.

I am a woman that is determined and inspired. I've learned that in today's world that if you want something, you go for it. Do not let anything get in your way, no matter what. Do I believe that a man that used slanderous words about a woman's certain body part is a pig? No. I do not. And I'll tell you why. The man has two daughters that are beautiful and inspiring individuals. I’m sure he had a little bit to do with that.Idon't believe this because those same people that point the fingers at him calling him sexist and everything else under the sun puts themselves in that very same category of individuals that use words inappropriately. I'm sure that they don't understand that though.

Women that haven't let any political restraints or societal norms keep them from getting to the top?

Denise M. Morrison of Campbell Soup

Sheri S. McCoy of Avon Products

Mary Barra of General Motors

guess my point is, the only restraints we have are the ones we put on ourselves. That goes for anyone. Men, women, young, and old. Think about it, children don't have any limits. They dream big and they don't have that thought process of "all the things that are limiting". They don't even think about it. They just do it. If they want something, they go after it. If only, everyone was this way.

A woman has many places in this world. She can be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company if she so chooses, she can work at a restaurant as a manager, she can be a stay at home mom, she can be the soccer coach, she can be the construction worker, she can be the one that collects your tolls.

It's unfortunate to me that women have to rely on organizations, other people, and groups of thought so that she can live a "positive, empowered" life. A woman is in control of every aspect of her life just like every man is. Your life is based on choices. And your choices are made based upon things you have been taught about life, love, and the in between. All of these things start in the home. It is what you have learned as a child from your teachers, your parents, your grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles. It is what you've learned playing a sport or being a part of Girl Scouts.

And sometimes, you learn this things out of survival. You learn early that if you want to make it, you have to work hard because no one will hand it to you. No matter what, if you want something in this country, if you work hard enough for it. You can get it.

I am a positive, empowered WOMAN. I'm so empowered that I am able to work a job, raise a family, work on the side if I so choose, get an education, and chase after my dreams everyday. And as my business (Haven Baby Co.) is dream that I am chasing after, I can tell you, the only limits that I have found while starting this business up, has been the ones I've put on myself. No man has gotten in the way.

I am a woman. I am not a feminist. I am not equal to a man. That's like comparing apples to oranges. We are two different individuals entirely. There are things that women can do that men simply can't. I will continue to walk my own path, blaze my own trails, and work for own dreams because as a woman, I CAN. I'll be too busy doing that to think about the things that society apparently "does not allow" me to do.

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