Looking at this inspiring woman, many memories show up in my mind. Today I want to tell you a story of when I was 16.
When I was 16 I already had many feminist ideas. I remember I used to have arguments with my parents that wanted me to cook for my brother and wash dishes for him. We were alone at home at lunch time and he was just 2 years younger than me. “You are a woman” they said. “You must know how to cook, you must be tidy and cleaning obsessed because one day you will be a mum”. I have never accepted these labels. Let me clarify: - before to be a woman, I am a person. I can be messy, tidy, kind, aggressive, or whatever. None can tell me how to be.
- none knows if I will ever be a mother. What if I don’t want children? My life will still go on and be amazing. None can tell me who I will be.
- I must know how to cook to survive, I totally agree. Buy my brother too, he cannot depends on someone for something so important. None can do this to my brother.
When I was 16 and I had all those ideas, I felt very alone. None understood me in my town in south Italy in 2008. Now that I have grown up, I have travelled, I have moved and I met so many strong women in my life, I don’t feel alone anymore. I am glad that these discussions are so largely diffused now, and after so many years my parents support me in everything. It was a long journey, but it’s worth it.
Don’t forget what you believe in and never let others push you down 💪🏼 #feminism #womenrights #ideals #youarenotalone #findyourplaceintheworld #frida #inspiringwoman #fridakalho