International Women’s Day

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Author's grandmother, Lillian Yamamoto, and mother, Charlotte Oshiro, in Seattle, WA.
Author's grandmother, Lillian Yamamoto, and mother, Charlotte Oshiro, in Seattle, WA.

In 1977 the UN officially recognized March 8th as International Women’s Day–a day to honor and celebrate women’s political, economic and social achievements.

I consider myself lucky to have grown up during a time when a girl’s life was not destined solely for the home. My dreams of being a professional dancer, singer, basketball player, architect,  journalist, accountant, lawyer, photographer, film maker and doctor were never put down but always celebrated (no matter how outrageous the career choice got).  I have to thank my parents for never allowing me to compromise my dreams due to the harsh realities of gender or race I would eventually have to face. They taught me no dream was unattainable as long as I was willing to work hard for it.

Thanks to strong women like my mother, aunts and grandmothers, I grew up watching living examples of successful, educated women who really had it all.  Of course, later on I have come to learn that all did not come without significant sacrifices. And it is because of their sacrifices that I am sitting here today, writing this post, living out my childhood dreams of life and work in New York City.

Though, it is only one day a year, that should not ever stop us from celebrating the women who paved the way for us.

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International Women's Day

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