Note: I wrote this a while ago when I was thinking about the things that made me want to work on the web. Of course, it’s not exclusively women that inspire me, but as a girl who continually questions the value she is bringing to a project, I often find the women of the web had the greatest effect on my self assurance. I wrote this in my notebook in a fit of fury after witnessing some upsetting trolling towards a couple of women on Twitter.
To the women of the web (and those who support them),
You inspire me. I don’t just mean that in a throwaway hero-worship kindof way.
Your bravery and determination give me the belief and desire to stand up and talk about what I care about.
And that’s not because you’re women, or despite that you’re women. You share what you believe in because you don’t want to keep things selfishly to yourselves. You want to help others learn.
Sometimes the fact that you are women can get in the way for others. It’s their problem.
You, however, carry on with dignity. You don’t pretend that words don’t hurt, or that you don’t feel emotional. There’s no dishonesty.
Instead, you set an outstanding example to the rest of us. That we can, and should, try.
Whilst you should never bear the responsibility of my admiration, please be aware that I will always be grateful that you were there.