#BroadSalute: Celebrate Women for their Strength, Resilience, and Determination
This is the time of month we usually feature one super impressive badass broad and name her “Broad of the Month.” We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming next month, but for now, Broadview Denver writer Lisa Ingarfield has a special call to action.
Lisa Ingarfield | @tritodefi
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, he stated: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Unwittingly, his declaration provided women across the U.S. a rallying cry, and a hashtag, to use when sharing stories of women’s empowerment, resistance and determination.
I have been thinking a lot about this hashtag lately, not related to politics, but in connection to the women in my life who have shown an astounding level of determination, resilience, and grit.
Not long ago I was talking to a friend about her birthing experience. As I haven’t experienced it myself, I have a limited understanding of the physical and emotional path women face when giving birth. However, I do know it can be very painful, sometimes dangerous, and very tiring. As Michelle Obama shared in her recent Denver talk for the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, “we forget how strong we are. We aren't celebrated for how strong we are. . . . We do stuff like birth children and then get up. Celebrate that! You shot a ball in a hoop? Guess what I did?”
My friend had an emergency C-Section, leading her to be hospitalized for several days. While in the hospital, she got sick from the pain medication, and would vomit frequently. Well, after your abdomen has just been cut open, you can imagine how painful vomiting would be. Not long after returning home, she then developed a skin allergy, and shortly thereafter, pneumonia. What?! Pneumonia? On top of all of that? She looked at me, and said “well, it was all worth it” because now she has her tiny human to hang out with. She laughs now as she remembers it all, like “that’s just what we do.” All taken in one woman’s gigantic stride.
There are many examples of how women routinely take things in stride and persist through trauma, pain, adversity, illness, financial struggles. The list goes on. I am sure each of you can point to dozens of women who just kick ass and then shrug it off like it is no big deal. Because that is what women do. We expect women will just roll their sleeves up and get it done, whatever the “it” may be.
For example, my recent interview with Sarah Thomas who swam 104 miles in Lake Champlain left me in awe. 104 miles! And then there’s the women I rode the Golden Gran Fondo bike race with a few weekends ago. A 90 mile ride with over 10,000 feet of elevation gain. One solo woman rider told me she did the 60 miler last year, and figured she should give the 90 miler a try this year, just because. Another athlete friend of mine finished the marathon leg of an Ironman triathlon race on a fractured fibula. She just hobbled along for 26.2 miles because she wasn’t going to give up.
Another friend, who works full time in a leadership position in higher education is pursuing her PhD, has two kiddos, had major surgery last year and just rolled through it like it was no big deal.
What about our servicewomen who deal with sexism everyday because serving their country is their highest priority and honor? Just another day in the life of a woman. Because for many women, it has to be this way. #NeverthelessShePersisted isn’t a choice; it's an imperative. And for many women, persisting, dominating, getting it done is infused into who we are.
These stories are powerful. We need to note them. To pause and celebrate them. Treat them as extraordinary. Because, our tendency to see them as ordinary means we are not properly honoring the full spectrum of women’s experiences or the many ways they are inspiring, successful, or straight up mind blowing.
So broads, this is where we hand the mike over to you. Share your stories of strength, resilience, and determination with us on social media. What are the women in your life doing everyday causing you to look on with awe, mouth agape? We want to hear from you. Post your stories, your photos. Celebrate the strength of the women in your lives. Give them a shoutout and a #broadsalute