I took this from Facebook this morning – there have been several write ups of this ilk and i’ve even made comments on Facebook sharing my experiences that in the agriculture world women ’empowerment’ (whatever that looks like as opposed to lifting up anyone and everyone) is not necessary – men, women, and children respect and help each other. (well, except me – i’m kind of mean and scary). If you think you need to be in a march of some sort to promote women, then you hang out with the wrong crowd. There is a world out there where people are pulling together and not ripping each other apart.
While women march the streets of America, protesting for rights that they already have, allow me to applaud a way of life that has honored women in ways the rest of the world never has (for a very long time).
I’m proud to be a part of the silent, steadfast women of rural America, where:
Little girls are taught to work alongside little boys, not hate them.
We let the men lead us on the dance floor, in prayer, and in life. There is strength in partnership.
The woman’s housekeeping and the man’s ranch work are both vital aspects of the operation’s success, even though gender roles don’t have much of a place on the ranch.
Women ride Bronc’s, wrestle calves, and rope just as often as men cook, sew and tend to children.
We actually participate in meetings, sit on boards, and vote to create REAL change.
We see the miracle of life in every foal, calf, and child and believe all life should be protected.
The men never question a woman’s strength, and women know that a door held open is a simple sign of respect.
The ranchers/farmers/blue collar people of America create empowered women, respectful men, and a brighter future than any “protest” could bring about.