When I turned the Golden Globes on last night, it was more for background noise than anything else. I glanced at the dresses and went about my chores for the night, getting ready for the busy workweek ahead. The to-do list never stops, you know.
But then I started really looking at the dresses. I knew that most of the attendees had planned to wear black – but I didn’t see a single other color in the audience. I saw one of my favorite new shows, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, win two awards.
And then Oprah received the Cecil B. DeMille award… and I couldn’t stop watching. More importantly, I couldn’t stop listening. When Oprah talks… something about her just makes you listen, and the last lines of her speech hit home:
Because like so many of you, I also say, “Me too.”
I’ve never shared exactly what happened to me, and to be honest, I pushed it away for a long time. I made myself forget and in the past few months – since more and more stories came to light – it’s resurfaced in my head a thousand times. How that experience made me feel – how I wanted to push it away and pretend it never happened. How I didn’t tell my husband until about a month ago, and how I’ve never told my closest friends, my sisters, or my mom. Unfortunately, it is part of my story too.
But I don’t want it to be part of my daughters’ stories.
No matter what you think of the stories coming out, your political opinions, or even your thoughts on Oprah – it’s impossible to deny her words. Impossible to deny that real change is happening – is NEEDED.
I want my daughters to grow up in a world where they are not afraid to be themselves. Where they are not afraid to walk down the street. Where they are not afraid to fight for equal pay. Where they are not afraid to step in and help a friend, or to stand up when they see something wrong. I want them to grow up in a world where their words are heard – no matter what they are. I want them to not only be respectful of others, but to receive that same respect in return.
Most of all, I want my girls to grow up in a world where “Me too” is history. Where it is, in fact, a historical movement they study in school – one that changed the world as we know it for women.
I want that and more for these two sweet girls we’re raising.
They deserve that.