Today is International Women’s Day and it makes me swell up with pride.

First and foremost, I am so proud of my three daughters, all of whom have worked incredibly hard and done so much to contribute to society.

They are everything strong women should be.

But I am also proud of this country, which is a place where women can celebrate their importance to humanity just by going to work, because they have the freedom to live their own independent lives.

In many other countries, sadly, women are denied rights and treated in an incredibly abusive manner. In these nations, women are not just treated as second class citizens; they are treated like property.

Just by showing up to work today, women in America are showing the world loud and clear just how much freedom they have gained in such a short time here in the United States, and just how proud they are to be able to do the exact same job as men.

Equality has always been the goal, and while reasonable minds can disagree over specific sex-based issues, it cannot be denied just how much progress women have made as a whole in the past few decades.

So much progress, in fact, that many women now earn more money than their husbands.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 38% of women are now the primary breadwinners in their households, a massive increase from three decades ago, when that number was under 20%.

A great deal of those women balance work roles with motherhood which is a phenomenal feat. Being a mother is the toughest job in the world and to work a fulltime job on top of that is awe-inspiring.

The old saying is that living well is the best revenge against your enemies. I firmly believe that by just living their regular lives today, many of our nation’s women are sending a very important message worldwide.

That message?

Some of you may think my sex makes me unequal, but here I am, doing everything a man can do and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it! I’m strong, I’m independent, and I’m just as important to my job and society as a whole as any man ever could be!

That message is undeniably true. These women are showing their value through their equality and letting those in countries where women don’t have these rights know exactly what they are missing out on because of their oppression.

Again, these women are proving their worth by living well. Or, in this case, by living free.

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