For those who don’t know, I’ve been wearing lipstick every day in September to raise awareness and funds for women’s mental health research – particularly for new mothers, longing-to-be mothers, and mothers who have suffered the loss of their baby.
Although Liptember is a great way of raising awareness, being a woman is not bright lipstick and high heels; it’s fraught with physical and emotional pain, loss, and isolation. It’s constantly being reminded of our vulnerability. It’s uphill battles, and small victories. It’s a battle against objectivity and beauty standards. It’s prayers of frustration and grief, drenched in tears.
Being a woman is strength, perseverance, beauty, and unity.
Here’s to you, ladies. We’re all in this together.