No Days Off.

Dear Day Without Women,

As you choose to walk out of your job today, to honor A Day Without Women, I hope you take a moment to thank all the women who work hard day in and day out to make your absence possible.

For the soldiers, fighting for our freedom across the world. Who stand in harms way, never taking a day off, for you.

For the doctors and nurses, working 12 hour shifts or longer, not giving up to make sure your husband, child, father, mother, brother, or sister don't die on their watch.

For the teachers, who taught you, giving the best of themselves every day of the year to ensure you have the knowledge to move forward, make decisions for yourself, and make this world a better place.

For the entrepreneurs, who haven't taken a day off since they came up with the idea, spending all their time and energy to create a brand that celebrates and empowers women.

For the social workers, who walk all day, going from door to door, making sure their "kids" are taken care of in their foster homes.

For the single mom, who had no choice to wake up, get dressed, get her kids to school on time, and go to work, just to make ends meet. Who spends the hours she could be sleeping studying and reading so she can get a better job someday.

For the work-at-home mom, who works long hours after her children have gone to bed to meet deadlines, because her children refused to nap in the course of the day.

For the stay-at-home mom, whose work begins before the sun even comes up. Who spends her day cooking, cleaning, mending, playing, wiping, feeding, and cleaning again, choosing to forgo her dreams in an effort to raise the next generation to the best of her ability.

Remember these women as you wear red, shop at your local woman owned business, and spend the day for yourself. These women don't have the day off, they don't have the choice to walk away, and when all is said and done, they won't take a day, even when given the choice.

It's already been proven time and time again that the world needs women. We are what bring life into the world. It is the core of our being that allows the world to truly feel. And as we have proved time and time again, no one can tell us we can't. We are strong, capable, and beautiful, let's spend the day being the best we can be, giving the best of ourselves, and honoring the best who have gone before us, not taking a day off.

I am a stay-at-home-mama who doesn't get today off. I'll be spending my day potty-training, cooking meals, drying tears, dancing the hot dog dance, rocking, sweeping, folding, answering a million questions, repeating myself, disciplining, holding a baby in my arms, as my toddler climbs up my legs, and cleaning.

Tonight, I will climb in bed, thankful for my full-time job, in awe of the doctors, teachers, nurses, social workers, soldiers, and other working wives and mothers who do it all. I'll think about the single mom and the working mom, doing everything they can to make ends meet. And I will celebrate the women all around the world who are giving their very best to the next generation and world, in hopes that tomorrow is better than today.

"The woman following who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." Albert Einstein