This little girl hid behind her mother’s legs when she was little, too scared to be seen or heard. She grew up to thrive on speaking in front of others.
She’d play the Annie soundtrack on her record player and imaged she was part the of the cast (mortified if anyone saw her). She now “performs” musicals when she drives, completely aware that other drivers may have a front row seat.
She made history in high school for designing the winning homecoming button that included a woman on it for the first time in the schools legacy. She now advocates for equality, inclusion, and representation.
She got teased for her last name being “Mules”. She turned that into the quirky self promotion right out of college that people still remember to this day.
She got used to be called brave as early as one can remember because of childhood traumas. She became fearless for using her voice and standing up for what was right, for others, and for herself.
She learned early on that she could create anything she imaged by drawing. Once she began college, she permanently traded her colored pencils for a Macintosh Performa, and created a design career she is still giddy about to this day.
This little girl is me.
So why am I sharing it?
Because 70% of girls feel more confident about their future when they have female role models in their lives, and when they see they are not alone. International Day of the Girl Child. Share your story.