To All Women on this Mother’s Day

If you are a woman who has given birth to a child and are raising him or her to the best of your ability…

If you are a woman who was brave beyond belief and allowed someone else to raise your child so that he or she might have their best chance…

If you are a woman whose body and mind has been ravaged by the pain of losing a child…

If you are a woman who opened your loving home and arms to embrace a child who was not born of your womb, but is, nonetheless, your child forever and ever…

If you are a grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, or friend who has graciously accepted the awesome responsibility of raising a child…

If you are a woman who struggles daily with the knowledge that she is unable to birth a child…

If you are a woman who may want children some day, but are not quite ready…

If you are a woman whose plans do not include motherhood…

If you are a woman who is fighting to marry the person they love and be recognized as a loving and legitimate family, worthy of bringing up children…

If you are a woman who is struggling to be recognized as a woman…

To all women on this Mother’s Day:

You are amazing people in your own right. No matter the status of motherhood, you are valuable and worthy of honor. You are eshet chayil: woman of valor.
I feel privileged to share in the experience of womanhood with you. I feel as such because women are strong, courageous, intelligent, capable, fragile, imperfect, and determined.
We are women.

We are fighters who push through our failures and rejoice in our triumphs.
We are women.

We are quiet helpers and we are emphatic advocates.
We are women.

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