To my three nieces
First and foremost, I love you. Even if I never see you grow up, you’re always in my thoughts. When I fight for women’s rights, I fight for you. And I want you to know, that you are on the cusp of a new world. A world with more rights for women than we have every seen. Hold tight to those rights. Don’t let anyone take them away from you or tell you that you don’t deserve them.
You have the right to be yourself.
You have the right to say no. Or yes. Or maybe.
You have the right to your body.
You have the right to speak your mind.
Your accomplishments are your own, and although you may need help (and I encourage you to take help when you need it), remember that you had the strength to accomplish whatever you wanted. Don’t let people belittle you. They’ll never know you like you do, and they’ll never understand what it took for you to get where you’re going.
Love yourself. You’re beautiful. I know, because I’ve looked into your eyes at some point and seen a future full of hope. I’ve seen your smile, free of worry. And although you may go through life worrying, remember that at some point… you were totally zen. And going back to that point takes good food, a loving hug, and a long nap.
Love others. People go through life with no self esteem because they’ve been brought down. Love especially your sisters, every woman who crosses your path. Just like you, no one knows her like she knows herself, and she deserves to be appreciated for her struggle.
Fight for a better world. There’s enough to do to last you a lifetime. Someone out there needs your help, and I know you can help them, because you’re made of love.
Don’t fall into gender roles if you don’t want to. Leave the pink life behind and go to the blue side if your passion is there. No one can stop you, and give them hell if they try to. It’s your life, your mind, your goal.
I wish I could help you fight your battles. I wish I could be there to tell you that you are loved and that you can do anything. But I can’t do that all the time. For two of you, I can’t be there at all. But you’re in my heart, and this message is to let you know: You are loved. You can do anything. And I hope you can hear my prayers for you.