My grandma, Ruth James was a farm hand’s wife. She gave what little she had to family, neighbors and even the white family she worked for. That was her world. That was her reality.
She worked hard and made sure no one left from her hungry or in need of clothing. This is documented in the book Backward Glances by Margaret Poole Downing. She cleaned white people’s houses and took care of their children from can’t see to can’t see because she had to. At the end of the night, she walked to their humble little home, only to go back to work when they got home for her own husband and children.
My grandma was not empowered. They were immune to the Civil Rights Movement. In the rural area she lived in, blacks were severely disenfranchised. They did the best they could with what they had.
That’s not my reality nor the reality of my two daughters, ages 16 and 24 years old. We have access to everything at the push of a button literally.
With this new president, #45, women like me have a target on our backs. However, I will fight back. I am empowered.
I will fight back for my grandma. I will fight back for my female ancestors who could not or who were too afraid to do so. I will fight or my daughters and their offspring.
How will I do this? I will empower my daughters to own their own businesses. My youngest daughter owns Doni’s Desserts. My oldest daughter owns Painted To Filth. I want them to know if there is no way, make a way.
I will run for local office without fear. I “was going to” run in 2014 but was too afraid. I was not empowered to believe in myself and my capabilities. In the county I live in, most of it is ran by folks who do not look like me. Our school board does not represent the children who attend the schools. Our county commissioners do not represent their constituents.
So dear sister, I want you to truly reflect on who’s blood is in your veins. What did they do? How can you empower the women and girls in your family? If you don’t run for anything, can you support a woman who does? You can write emails to your local senators and representatives. You can help with voter registration. There is so much we can do but we must do something for our kids and their future.
We are empowered, ladies! It’s time to get to work!
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