Too, what??? The Problem with Being a Woman

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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I've been thinking a lot about being a woman over the past few weeks. It started with this video. Each morning after watching this, I've been contemplating over life and the pursuit of happiness with my morning coffee. I guess you could call it a social justice advocate's mindfulness exercise. And though I've been wanting to comment about the video - to lay out my thoughts in a collective powerful way - I've been struck with complete silence.

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