If you’ve been anywhere near a TV, newspaper, or the internet this week you’ve heard the story of three women finally freed after ten years of captivity in Cleveland.
When I hear a story like this one, or the Jaycee Dugard story, or that of Elizabeth Smart, I’m relieved and overjoyed for the women and their families, but also angry.
SO very angry.
I am so sick of women being victimized and targeted and abused.
It happens every day, in every country around the world, and it would be easy to become so overwhelmed by the anger and horror of it all, were I not able to juxtapose those stories against others of strong, empowered, enabled women.
This is a more appropriate time than ever for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Challenge. It is all about women coming together to celebrate their strengths, their abilities and their goals and dreams.
Women of all ages, nationalities, shapes and sizes are proving they are athletes, and a force to be reckoned with.
You may be thinking a contest about fitness has nothing to do with the Women’s Movement, or Women’s Rights or empowerment, but I disagree.
I believe health, fitness and ability are integral to empowering women and taking control of our bodies and our lives.
A woman who is active physically is more self-confident. She’s self assured. She feels strong and capable and believes in herself. All women should feel this way. All women are capable of being strong, confident and self-assured.
When you take control of your body and push yourself to accomplish things you never thought possible, it gives you a belief in yourself. When you believe in yourself you refuse to become a victim.
This is why I’ve made the decision to dedicate my life to female fitness. It is my passion to lead other women down the path to health, strength and empowerment.
Women need to stand together, support and help each other. Together we are a powerful force to be reckoned with, and we cannot stand for the atrocities committed against our sisters every day.
It may be some time before we know exactly how Amanda Berry managed to escape from the prison that held her and other women and children for years. What I know for sure today is Amanda Berry is a fighter. She’s a force. She never gave up.
For women everywhere she is a reminder- you can push us, you can hurt us, you can break us down, but you will never defeat us.
We are strong.
We are determined.
We are women.