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International Women's Day and the Empowering Mamahood Movement

em·pow·er·ment
əmˈpouərmənt/
noun
  1. The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.

 

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When it comes to modern womanhood and motherhood, there's a beautiful movement happening - you can be whoever and whatever kind of mother you want to be. Motherhood is like a right of passage into this secret sacred world full of traditions, old and new. Suddenly, we realize we have so much love and respect for all the other incredible mothers and women in our life, and we value traditions more than ever, because they make us feel safe, grounded, and rooted in love and values. 

 

Society is finally becoming more open-minded that being a mother can mean many different things; motherhood means working full-time, working part-time, being a stay-at-home mom, being a birth mother, a surrogate, an egg donor, going through IVF, adopting, fostering, etc. 

 

There's a modern mamahood calling that women have a deep desire to go back to our ancestors' roots where motherhood was deeply valued and seen as a sacred transition into a new chapter of life after creating life and bringing new growth into the world.

 

It's most definitely a period of celebration, and it's time society allows us to channel whatever version of motherhood we want to create. Whatever journey becoming and being a mother means to us.

 

What a beautiful time to celebrate getting to "mom" the way we want to; the way that feels right. The way that feels like home. 

 

This International Women's Day, we want to celebrate all the beautiful mamas who make this world a beautiful diverse planet. Who are writing history as we know it simply because of the way they choose to mom and shape future generations. 
 

When you Google "motherhood," the definition that pops up is "the state of being a mother." Well....that's elaborate... 

 
 
So, let's break down what being a mother means, shall we?
 
 
Being a mother means going through IVF, maybe even a few rounds of it, to finally get pregnant after struggling with infertility. 
 
Being a mother means getting pregnant unexpectedly while on the pill or using contraception, but deciding to welcome the baby into the world and into your life.
 
Being a mother means deciding to place your baby up for adoption to give her the life she deserves if you cannot provide it. 
 
Being a mother means having a c-section or an all-natural birth or an epidural and pain meds.
 
Being a mother means exclusively breastfeeding, exclusively pumping, supplementing with formula, or exclusively bottle feeding with formula, pumped breast milk, or milk from a selfless donor. 
 
Being a mother means staying strong through a high-risk pregnancy, or spending countless hours in the NICU if needed.
 
Being a mother means staying up all night with a sick little love bug who has the flu. 
 
Being a mother means trusting your instinct that going back to work full-time or part-time is good for your soul. 
 
Being a mother means trusting your instinct that not going back to work is your calling and your true "career" path.
 
Being a mother means you may have a supportive husband who believes in 50/50 gender roles, or you may have a husband who you love to cook dinner for and do his laundry, or maybe he does the bulk of the household work as a stay-at-home daddio while you are the main breadwinner.
 
Being a mother means you may be going through a rough patch in your marriage; possibly even a divorce or separation or high-conflict custody case.
 
Being a mother does not mean being perfect, it means being real.
 
And it means reminding yourself every single day that you are doing an incredible job at whatever the definition of "motherhood" means to you and your family. 
 
Remember that definition of "empowerment" meaning the "process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights?" Do more of that today, tomorrow, and always. 
 
Because being a mother also means being a woman. 
 
A strong, fierce woman who is raising kind humans, who is pursuing goals and dreams and passions. Who is setting an example to her children. Who works hard to be selfless, but also works hard on making sure time is set aside for self-care. 
 
 
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The theme for International Women's Day this year is #PressforProgress
 

The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings revealed that gender parity is over 200 years away...umm, what?! There is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity, and women's equality in and outside of the workplace has never been more apparent than it is now, especially being fueled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp (Press for Progress campaign, 2018).

 

Obviously, gender parity is not a movement and a change that can happen overnight, but FIT4MOM is a company formed by moms and run by moms, and has truly blazed the trail for moms to build thriving careers and own successful businesses directly alongside of motherhood. We have constantly been pressing for progress to give women a voice, a career, the Strength In MotherhoodTM, to create and be part of a community - a mamahood sisterhood - and to feel empowered, strong, and become a business owner and entrepreneur. 

We have been "pressing for progress" for the past 16 years since Lisa Druxman founded FIT4MOM, and this International Women's Day we celebrate each and every one of our franchisees and the career opportunities we provide for moms. Learn more about starting a FIT4MOM franchise here.  
 
 
In a new series coming soon, we will celebrate a handful of incredible mamas such as franchisee Erin DiNicola of FIT4MOM Charleston who was recently featured in Ms. Career Girl and other incredible females within our own FIT4MOM community each month, so keep an eye out.
 
 
What does motherhood mean to you? What do you view as sacred within the traditions, teachings, and learnings throughout mamahood? What brings deep pride and a sense of feeling grounded in this new chapter of life?
 
 
Follow us on social for more inspiring stories of motherhood on Instagram and Facebook and share today's post or send it to an inspiring woman you know to celebrate your empowerment through motherhood and womanhood.
 

Shelley Hopper

Mama to a cub just trying to bloom with grace. Wanderlusting where the air is salty and life is sweet. FIT4MOM Digital Media Manager and Editor. Food stylist + blogger at @saltysweetseasons. Chips and salsa obsessed, golden retriever lover, and single mama to sweet babe, Tanner Kai, who's my whole wide world.

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