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A Brighter World for Women and Girls

By Asha Ellison on 03/08/2019 | General

Happy International Women’s Day!

While women should always be celebrated, there is something about reflecting on our collective, global contributions on IWD that makes me want to shout down the house! Women and girls are pillars of the communities in which we live– we are the dreamers, the doers, the healers, builders, visionaries and we lead the charge, daily, to inspire change in a world where we’ve made substantial progress, but total equity is still out of reach.

I have reason to believe that will soon change.

In the United States and the world over, there are more women in influential positions than ever before. As we continue to change laws, shatter glass ceilings and do away with old systems and ways of thinking that don’t work for this world, I often find that the magic within us—that fuels us to activate our limitless potential—is often ignited by interactions with the young girls we mentor, teach, coach and raise. They are so incredibly wise and strong! Every last one of them.

You see, girls today have grown up seeing a world of firsts for women. They’ve been told they are powerful and that their voices matter from the time they were born and, because of that, they walk with a confidence that often surpasses that of the women who have encouraged them along the way. While it is brilliant to live in an era of empowered and super-confident girls, I can’t help but wonder, what’s happened to us women? At what point do we stop believing that we are capable of not only chasing our wildest dreams, but also capable of actually REACHING them?

For 23 years, Girls on the Run has been telling our girls that anything and everything is possible. And, now, they’re telling us. Trust me, I know this first hand.

The girls on my Heart & Sole team are the reason I’ve resolved to making self-care and overall health paramount in my life. They remind me, almost every day, that it’s ok to “Stop and take a BrThRR (breathe, think, reflect and respond)” when I’m stressed, that I shouldn’t shame my body and that I’m the smartest girl in the world. I show up to practice thinking I’m making an impact on their lives, when, in reality, they’re coaching me to become the woman of my dreams too.

Girls today want to encourage us to re-ignite our dreams. They want us to know that it’s not too late to take the reins of our lives and steer ourselves in the direction of infinite possibilities. This is why Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are so incredibly important. It’s during these times that we come together, reflecting on the strides we’ve made and the milestones that mark our progress, past and present. It’s a time when, together, we can look to the future as we continue to #BalanceforBetter in pursuit of obtaining true equality for women and girls everywhere.

How will you change the narrative—and the direction—of your life? If you’re looking for inspiration, Girls on the Run has you covered! Join the movement this Women’s History Month as we continue the #LetsTellHer campaign where women and girls share positive, affirming messages and stories to make our lives—and the world—shine brighter!

Share how you’ll celebrate women and girls in the comments below!

 

 

 

Asha Ellison

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Asha is a Girls on the Run coach, writer and communications professional. She believes in inspiring girls to harness the power of their dreams and to live their lives without bounds or limitations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, serving her community, blogging, traveling and eating too many macarons!

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