Reading is such a great activity that even I, have a book list for the summer. I just got this book in the mail:
Tererai Trent is a remarkable woman who struggled to rise above oppression in her country and then after she moved to the free world, realized that even in the free world–America, women are just as oppressed.
Like Ms. Trent, I moved from Miami to a landlocked region of America. But when I moved, I felt oppressed by cultural standards but not by societal standards. When I moved, I suddenly felt the oppression that comes from society in the corporate world. And the oppression that comes from being denied an education. I hadn’t realize the lack of an education that my public school education gave to me, a woman, a latina woman.
Thankfully, this lack of education did not lead me to dropping out of high school or getting pregnant or using drugs and being promiscuous as sometimes results when you are denied an education. But not having adequate education did come with being denied advancement in the corporate world. When you don’t have an education, it seems that women and especially a Latina woman, you are silenced more. And not just by men, but by other women.
So lately, I have been reclaiming my voice. The voice I left with when I moved to Colorado. There has been a deep stirring inside me. A place I hadn’t wanted to go in a long time. And homeschooling my son, and Usborne Books & More has opened this legacy of lost dreams. Dreams of becoming someone and rising above the norms that are placed upon us. All of us women have grown up in a society that stifles our dreams. When we were young girls, we all dreamed of becoming more than our moms and grandmothers. And then life throws us a curve ball, and we put those dreams on a shelf. And we forget them not wanting to bring them down and rethink them.
It gives me so much pleasure to teach my son and watch him learn to read, play, and cause mischief. 🙂 I want to raise my boy. I want to instill in him the qualities that a boy needs to have. Though like many women, I am not ashamed to say that I was not proficient in reading. I was not illiterate. I could read. Though I am ashamed that I couldn’t read well. As well as I should have to rise above and live my purpose in this world. We all have a purpose in this world. And God wants us to fulfill that purpose. And in fulfilling that purpose he wants you to be able to dream and experience the good life. He wants you to rise. If you have ever felt like your life is empty. Like is this it? Then you aren’t fulfilling your purpose. It isn’t it.
There is no limit to your God-given potential. Tho there is a limit to what you can be. You can’t be whatever you want. You can be what you ought to be. If there is a hunger inside you? What is stopping you from being fed?
One thing that homeschooling in the classics has brought–is that there is healing and nourishment in reclaiming your education. When we have the courage to teach our children. We are giving ourselves permission to speak our truths.
It’s hard being a woman. For many of us, we feel forgotten, devalued, dismissed, and dis-empowered. My passion is to help empower us to rise above this through education. You don’t need to be formally schooled to receive an education. You can educate yourself through reading. Reading helps you learn. Helps you rise. Reading helps you reclaim your voice.
We women can help our men be civilized. Yes. God wants us to help tame the men of this world. We are the ying in their yang. We can help them see that they, too, should be preserving the sanctity of marriage and that if they continue on the pass of selfish ambition, they will fall. They have a purpose in this world to serve others and that through service, they rise above. They can help break the cycle of negativity around us. We are their equals. My favorite women of all times was John Adams wife. She was his equal. He listened to her.
Education is the only thing in life you take with you. But education is not something they give you; it’s something you give yourself. It allows human nature to rise above, dream, and speak their truth. God gave us the right to dream. To help others on our journey to truth and enlightenment. And we pass this down to our children so they can then dream and help others find truth and beauty in the world.
In my Cuban culture, women were empowered to speak out. In so much of American culture, women are silenced. Especially in the Mexican culture. I have found that Mexican wives feel gender inequality much more than in my culture. And if they grow up in America, there is a push to come out of that culture but a pull to stay in their place. Many Mexican women are raised to believe that they will get into trouble if they speak up. Being in Colorado, has opened my eyes to the differences of my American– Cuban culture. Cubans don’t live a passive life!
But Mexicans do. However, I have suffered some silences, indignities, sexism, and have lost the pull of my dreams living on my own in Colorado. Having to make it. It’s exhausting to try to live your dream without community. Without the Cuban community that has allowed my ancestor to rise. We Cubans — men and women — can help our latin brothers and sisters. We have something that most don’t understand. Together we rise. Together we shine. We aren’t passive. We don’t let the world strip us from our humanity-our dignity. We came to America to start over just like many immigrants and succeeded because we had the courage to speak up–to dream.
There are many forces telling us women to stay quiet, be meek, focus on your weight, focus on your looks, your dress… And it is the same with anyone… Society often puts pressure on us to be a certain way because we are Cuban, Mexican, White, black, Woman or man… And we have to push through those limitations and say: NO! Enough!
We all, especially women, have to focus on our creativity, wisdom, and intelligence. Our worth is so much more. God made you to be more than what society says you ought to be. He made you in his image. We have a purpose in this world to help others and in helping others, he will make sure that your needs are met and fulfilled. Put others first.
But when we women are awaken to our purpose, we can really move mountains. What I love about UBAM is that we are a movement of women making a difference in the world. In our world, we can succeed and harness our power for the good of children. We are equals. And each woman gets her tiara in her time. We are sisters and we help each other rise collectively. We don’t silence each other. We praise each other. Help each other. We shine-a-light and share it with the world.
We don’t only sell the worlds best children’s books but we share women leadership and we help each other rise above our dreams and helping make a difference in the life of a child and their family. We inspire children to follow their dreams and help heal the world in their own unique and special way.
There is no limitation to what you can do when you can read–and when you read well and proficiently, you can share your truths with the world and help someone else’s fire be ignited to live their dream.
It is true–Every journey begins with a dream.” And never be afraid to start over. So celebrate today your right to dream, and join me on this movement to shine-a-light on literacy. Will you reclaim your voice and join my team?
Um…be courageous, not silent?
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Too lazy to go to my book store? You should anyway, it’s where you’ll find like-minded ladies. We need to stick together.
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See you next year at convention!
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