What would happen if every woman in the world regularly spoke her mind?
What if she never worried that others might criticize her or call her a bitch?
What if it simply never occurred to her to try and please others when expressing her beliefs?
What if she never, ever, concerned herself with the need to be perfect – to make no mistake and avoid at all cost anything that would embarrass?
What if every woman spoke her mind – with no fear of criticism or rebuke? What if she never gave a thought to retribution from those more powerful? What if she always acted on her beliefs and refused to hold her tongue?
What if every woman believed her voice was needed – that speaking up was not just her right, but also her obligation? What if her commitment to herself, to her loved ones, and to the world was to speak up – to be heard, regardless of the risk?
Would the bullying strategies of industries who put profit ahead of safety stop? Would powerful individuals, who hurt others with impunity, be held accountable? Would we hold those in power to their promises? Would saving our planet for our children and future generations be a higher priority?
Would we still have mass shootings?
Would there ever again be a need for a campaign called, “me, too”?
Would we allow those motivated by power, hatred or greed to rule us – whether in our homes, our places of work, or our halls of government?
A year from now – what would the world look like if every women in it could own her power, use her voice, and speak her conscience?