Women have infinite reasons to be proud. For starters, around 57 percent of the U.S. workforce is female
, and 70 percent of women in the workforce also have children
under 18 at home, as well. Even before women started entering the workforce in droves, they've always worked playing valuable roles in the pre-industrial market economy by laboring on family farms
, for example. Some of history's most powerful influencers are women — Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Cleopatra and Joan of Arc, for examples, are just a few who have earned international recognition and respect
for how they've governed and inspired people.
And today's women have evermore reasons to be proud. Just in the last year, women have made huge strides. Peggy Whitson — the first woman to command the International Space Station — broke the U.S. record for the most cumulative days spent in orbit. A royal decree lifted the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The voices of workplace sexual harassment
victims across the U.S. were finally heard via massive global campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp. And studies show that women have moved into more leadership
roles across all industries, including the male-dominated Silicon Valley
with companies as big as PayPal
But, yet, women are socialized to reject pride. Women are told that their successes are to be expected (though not necessarily rewarded), and they are seldom touted for their efforts behind those successes. If they do express pride, they're all too often perceived as full of themselves. That's why I'm super excited about the #ImProudofMyselfBecause hashtag currently trending on Twitter
. Women everywhere are publicizing the many reasons they're proud of themselves, and it's hugely inspiring.
Here are some of the most awesome reasons to feel proud to inspire you to feel pride, too.
1. For Fighting Back
2. For Recovering from Struggles
3. For Being Supportive
4. For Achieving Goals
5. For Adulting Without Help
6. For Getting Things Done
7. For Dreaming Big
8. For Raising Inspiring Kids
9. For Beating Illnesses
10. For Being an Activist
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.