As Women’s History Month comes to a close and our special series on women in the community ends, I can’t help but think about a question my mom asked after she read some of the posts. “¿Mija, y las mujeres anónimas?”
Anonymous women? Who was my mom talking about? Then my mom began to tell me about some of her acquaintances, the women in her life who were a crucial part of the community but not the most visible.
She mentioned a caretaker who cared for a disabled family member and sacrificed her path in life for the sake of opening someone else’s. She talked about a mother who whole-heartedly dedicated her life to her daughters — driving them from one activity to the next, ever-present in their school functions and daily lives — so they would be the type of girls who’d grow up knowing they had options. My mom continued on about a loving and strong grandmother who was rearing her rebellious teenage grandson so her daughter, a single mother, could pursue her medical school dreams.
And I can’t forget about women like my mother, who maybe couldn’t be that constant presence moms are expected to be because her ultimate sacrifice was working long hours to provide, provide, provide.
My mom is right; there are so many unsung heroes we pass by on the street or maybe take for granted in our own lives. My hope for this project was to get a small glimpse into the immense amount of talent, heart and ganas we have right here in our own backyard. To specifically spotlight women because they are resilient characters who, despite their daily unseen battles, still rise and continue their struggle with a sense of compassion.
So, hats off to you on this 31st day of March. To all the women I wanted to feature but couldn’t squeeze into the 31-day limit. To all the women we don’t often see but are pushing for day-to day transformations within themselves and their families. To all the women I don’t know yet share an undeniable bond with. To all my Valley sisters. To you.