Farewell DC

Awaken in a cardboard castle
Climb in my snowy beast and turn the key
Roll down Elm street, taking in my rainbow row

Traffic cop brightens my 2,191st day with his smile
Chats with bikers and skips with children across the street
Will I never know his name?

The blind man waits patiently for the bus
Shading his eyes, straining to see
Does he know I send him love each day I speed by?

Fog sits over a sleepy Potomac
And a tear, at last, is pulled down my cheek
As the Key Bridge sways to embrace me

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A Woman in Washington

This morning is the first beautiful spring day in DC after a long winter, and I am struggling to get through another minute in my cubicle. When I opened my daily newsletter from Refinery29 I found this inspirational clip from Elle’s annual Women in Washington feature, helping me remember that hard work can pay off. Not that it will, but that if I have the confidence to get myself there I can make it anywhere.

Growing up in the small town of Hailey, Idaho the concept of feminism is often scoffed at. I have always tiptoed around political conversations, not wanting to displease anyone. Yet when I saw these beautiful women exuding confidence; publicly acknowledging that, as women, we face additional challenges and feel the need to prove ourselves in the workplace, I realized it is time to stop being a sheep to the beliefs of my upbringing.

These strong women have worked hard to get where they are today, swimming upstream to make a difference. Women’s rights have come a long way, but our confidence could use some work. Rather than being afraid of failure let us celebrate our success, hold our heads high, and accomplish our dreams without letting hesitation stand in our way. Let us be sisters rather than rivals, and help one another reach the top.

You can find Refinery29’s post HERE.

For more information on “The Gender Divide” take a look at these stats from The Wall Street Journal.