Not every heroine wears a cape or tights. Not every woman who deserves our respect or our accolades dresses in a colorful costume. The women in our every day, real lives have more of an impact on our world than any who has ever graced the screen or decorated a book cover. In honor of International Women’s Day, which is Wednesday, March 8th, I wanted to point out some of the attributes of these ordinary female heroes.
You probably know at least one of these superstars. You may have one in your own home, or school, or workplace. You most certainly see them at the grocery store, in the carpool lane, or at your favorite restaurant. These women may not stand out as the heroines they are. They may be hiding behind a façade as impervious as a secret identity, unlikely to be detected except by the few who truly understand and acknowledge their value.
A woman that gives her all for the betterment of others is a hero to those who depend on her. Whatever her title or position, it is in her nature to help, to nurture, to guide those in her care to the best of her ability. She is all the more remarkable for the fact that she may be unappreciated, taken for granted, or underestimated for exactly how much she accomplishes on a daily basis.
In a society that places unrealistic expectations on what a young girl should look like, dress like, and achieve, it’s more important than ever that we teach our future superheroines to be strong, to be competent, and to be compassionate. Media images and bias make it difficult for these future leaders to develop healthy self-esteem and self-confidence, so crucial to them taking their place in the world.
So take a moment tomorrow and check out the women standing in line around you, sitting at the next desk, or waiting at the pump. She may be cooking your breakfast, or prepping your flu shot. She may have information you need, or questions to ask. She may be a superheroine in disguise. Whoever she is, take time to smile, and acknowledge her importance to your world today.
Happy International Women’s Day!