The strong women in my life have inspired me to be a better woman. They have taught me to persevere, to show my grit. I aspire to do more, be more, and to support other women on my journey.

Women can support each other despite the expectations that society puts on us. We don’t have to get married; we don’t need to have children. We can get married; we can have children. We can be stay-at-home moms or professional women. We can love men; we can love women. We can wear high heels; we can wear sneakers. We are not objects. We decide what we want to be. We decide what we want to do.

I don’t want to be a man. I want to be a woman. I want to be myself. I just want to have the same opportunities anyone else would have.

For that to happen, women need to work together, not against each other. Women need to unite, not compete with each other. We all want the same thing, to be seen and heard, but in a world that does not allow us the same opportunities, women too often tend to scramble amongst themselves to reach for one of the few positions at the top. We need to let go of stereotypical gender roles and work collaboratively to break that ceiling.