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Keep Fighting For What You Believe In

Dear GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN HERSELF,

I know you believe in yourself and your right to equality. I know you are not afraid to stand in front of a hundred strangers and talk about it. I know you can go head-to-head with an ignorant classmate and win. Yet for some reason, when it comes to the ones closest to you, not only do you let them shut down your opinions but you literally mute yourself. When your father asks to see your latest spoken word performance and you say “it’s about feminism so you probably don’t want to see it” and he agrees with you, you accept it as normal. When he says to show him the video anyways but keep it on mute so he can see the view, you do it obediently. All the while feeling ashamed that you have such strong opinions that don’t fit the norm. But at the same time, feeling ashamed that you didn’t stand up for yourself. That you muted yourself, LITERALLY! I know it is hard to straddle the line between two different worlds, and of two different versions of yourself, but you must keep doing it. Until one day both of your feet are on the same side of the line, and nothing can make you take a step back over it. It is hard, but I promise you it will be worth it. So please keep fighting no matter what.

Sincerely,

THE GIRL WHO WILL ONE DAY WIN THE BATTLE