I've been thinking about how lucky we are now, in 2016, that we have a choice. We are able to vote. We can work if we choose. Have a family if we wish. We can be ourselves, with no restrictions.
Why is it then that women are still being torn down? Not by men, but by other women?
It is nearly 100 years after women stood together and won the right to vote, but instead of standing together and supporting each other, women belittle each other.
I don't know if it is because I'm older now or because I'm a mum, but I'm noticing it more and more.
As a mum, I have noticed other mums in the playground whisper about another because she hadn't put makeup on for the school pickup.
As a woman on a night out, I've seen other women whisper and glare at a girl because she is dressed differently.
As a teacher, I've heard other female teachers comment on the one teacher who left to have children instead of further her career.
As a mum, I've sat in baby classes and seen that one mum get a dirty look because she choose bottle over breast.
As a mum, I've felt the sting of criticism because I had a C-section with both my babies instead of a natural birth.
As a mum, I've been on the receiving end of horrible comments because I mentioned how I love my stretch marks and didn't use creams to get rid of them.
There are so many more examples. The point I'm trying to make though is that I think it should stop.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not perfect. I've commented on others or given a look when I disagreed with someone's choice. but that is exactly what it is. A choice.
We should build each other up. Support each other. I believe that all those years ago, brave women fought for us to be able to have a choice and do what we desired to do.
I want to teach my daughter that she can be whoever she wants to be, do what ever she wants to do without worrying what others think.
From now on, I'm going to make more of an effort to support other women. I hope you do too.