So I heard that today, March 8th, many women across our nation are participating in a political action called "Day Without a Woman." The organizers of January's Women's March describe it:
"On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity. Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
While I support my students in their choices to participate, or not, in this action, I have chosen to keep Fit Club open. There have been no changes to our schedule and business continues as usual.
As a business that is entirely owned by a woman, entirely staffed with women, and supporting a majority of female students, I feel like it would only be the right thing to remain open. Without all these incredible women, the Club would not be all that it has become for me and this community.
For my part, I will celebrate the role all these women have played by offering this very public offering of gratitude. To the women who first wandered into my garage before we opened our Club doors. To Jayme Campbell, the first coach to join my team. To all the incredible women who helped labor over the studio, painting and finishing every nook and cranny to make it such a beautiful space for all to enjoy. To the powerhouse women who have since joined arms with me as coaches -- Sheeba Bari, Stephanie Lukich Roldan, Louisa Fitzgerald, Jena Ertel, Rebecca Qualiato, you are all an inspiration to me and all the students you have touched at Fit Club. And above all, to my hero -- my mother -- for showing me the value in strong work ethic. The woman managed a full-time career in music education while running her own home-based business as a piano teacher, all while contributing endlessly to so many worthy causes and groups. That she managed to do it all and have such a profound and lasting impact on all those she taught is something I aspire to achieve in my own career. To all these women, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Every day, a woman walks out of this studio a little taller. Yes, largely because I'm beating good posture into her brain, but also because she is learning how to live an embodied life. As much as we are working out, we are also working in. This may be what makes our Club just a little different from other gyms. So for you, my sisters, as the dear mothers, colleagues, daughters, friends, neighbors, and wives that you may be, it is my wish on this day that you continue to thrive as the most empowered, confident version of you. Thank you.