Happy International Women’s Day!
What is today all about?
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
While today is a day to celebrate the almighty strength, power, and grace of womanhood, let us also be aware of the call to action against the continued inequality, discrimination and injustice that women face every day.
In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to share this beautiful Native American poem entitled, Warrior Woman. I’d like to dedicate this poem to my mom, Odette, and my aunts Violette and Diane R, who are the strongest, sassiest, classiest, wisest, most hardworking and humble women I know. You alone have raised villages and inspired legacies that will be known and remembered for generations. You nurture, inspire and guide me to greatness every single day. Without you, I am nothing.
This woman has been kind, gentle, and has much love,
All of this has been given with the blessing of the Great Spirit above,
But Great Spirit gave her something else and she didn’t know it…
The Great Spirit gave her the blessing of being a warrior woman
as now her light is lit!
This warrior woman has come fully alive today,
She is no longer anyone’s slave or prey,
She is taking back her life today,
And those who know who she truly is can stay.
No longer will she live the lives of others,
She will give back the blames and responsibilities of others where it belongs,
For she also has the bear and wolf inside her,
which is now so very powerful and uniquely strong.
The warrior woman now knows what road she must follow,
For others, it will be too hard to swallow.
Her life was taken from her unknowingly many years ago,
And this warrior woman is taking back her life before the next winds blow.
Oh, Sister Moon, you give me the strength
as a warrior woman to conquer what’s on my path,
high above and way beneath,
and the much-needed strength to take on the wrath.
This warrior woman is fully awakened and is taking a stand,
taking the problems by the horns with my hand.
I will conquer all that is there, all and who comes as they dare.
Warrior woman has fully awoken,
and many will see that they were mistaken in robbing her of her life.
They as a thief, Warrior woman will conquer and have no grief!
This warrior woman will protect her people, her son, and those who need her.
If anyone hurts them, look out!
They will hear a GGGGGGRRRRRRRRR,
As they run and shout!
This warrior woman is taking back her life,
taking back the respect that was taken from her throughout the years ever so slow.
This warrior woman is removing pain and hurt from within the heart caused by the knife,
from all those who are both family and foe.
I am claiming what’s mine, and my dignity,
From those who live in this society of vanity.
I am claiming back in full my heritage.
And as a warrior woman, I am going to clean up many years of carnage.
For now standing in front of you,
you see this warrior woman… you see me.
Someone special has taught me to be free,
From this day forward for me no more slavery…
Gentleness, kindness, and love is part of me, and so is my dignity.
This is NOT WEAKNESS, as others believe.
But this strength is within me and within you.
I will listen to the spirits and grow,
I will travel in the whispering winds as they blow.
All the work I now do will be for Our People and all nations,
I will protect and guide the future generations.
Now it is time for me to travel on my new path,
As a warrior woman conquering all wrath.
If you ever see and want to meet me,
Please come, and I will also teach and share with you how to be free.
To all the fierce, strong ladies out there: You rock! Keep doing what you do!