Ashlie, what have you realized about being a woman in general, a caucasian woman from America, their rights vs. yours, etc?

A sign at a temple in northern Thailand reading

I am interested in living in a world where all human beings share equal rights to fully participant in their own lives.

We have a long way to go although this isn’t exactly news to me.

I read a book several years ago called Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and it highlighted most of the major issues facing women today. I highly recommend it, it’s extremely provocative. However, to be in places where the belief that woman are second class citizens is so prevalent and things like girls are just not as important as boys will casually fall from the lips of locals during conversation is very different than just reading about it.

It’s infuriating and heartbreaking to know that woman and girls around the world are continuing to suffer out of pure ignorance and the unwillingness of people to question their long held beliefs. Honestly, I could write a whole post on this subject and maybe will at some point but as far as what I’ve realized about being a caucasian woman from America? I’m lucky. We still have work to do in our country in regards to creating equality but the fact that I can even have this conversation about it in a public forum is evidence of my personal freedom and for that I am grateful. I get to answer for myself how I will live, where I will go and with whom I will do all of the above. That is a world apart from what some of my sisters are living.

Great question. Thank you, Cindy Kim Davis. -Ashlie

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