I do not hate men.
I do not wish to eclipse the achievements of men.
I strive to become the best version of myself.
I delight in thinking, creating, and participating.
I refuse to give any credibility to the belief that the female body into which I was born is evidence of a diminished capacity to thrive.
I rebuke claims regarding what characteristics and wants I ought to embody because I am woman.
I will not apologize for my emotions as though they are a deficiency of character rather than a healthy expression of being.
I will not classify strength as merely an exertion of might.
I stand with women of all economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
I stand with men who know that love and care are more important than masculine posturing, a prescription weighing down authentic enjoyment.
I long for a society that values contributions of heart and mind in equal measure and respects existence as such instead of determining one’s role on the basis of body.
I long for the peace, the space, the dignity to inquire about the world, reflect, and unravel my potential without the damning cultural echo: “Just a girl.”