The world is made up of many different kinds of people, and everyone is different in their own way. Some people choose to follow a well known, established path through life, conforming to society’s rules and ways, thereby accepting their place in life, which is not a particularly bad thing. There are others however, who choose to forge their own paths, and can’t settle following everyone else’s lead.
Many women in today’s world are unfortunately seen as the weaker of two when compared to their male counterparts. Some women though, seem to break all molds of what is expected. Strong willed, highly independent, motivated, and determined. Though it’s not a secret women face inequality in many parts of life, these women choose to not accept that. They choose to write their own chapters, and to make their marks in their own individual ways. A woman who chooses to forge her own path, and who chooses to break that mold, can be an impressive character.
This year for International Women’s Day I wanted to focus on a woman I feel embraces this concept thoroughly.
Meet Jenny Davis,
Master of Motherhood, Purveyor of Produce
Jenny is a twenty nine year old, married mother with a two and a half year old daughter. Jenny runs a farm by the name of “Sloan Grown Micro Farm” named after her daughter. Jenny is also the president of her local farmer’s market, and is a six year veteran of the Kentucky National Guard. Spend five minutes in the same room with Jenny, and her strong personality and impassioned outlook on life will leave you wanting more. As a journalist, she was an instant first when the thought of this article first came to light. Never a dull moment in conversation and as entertaining as an actress, her interview and photoshoot were a delight. Women like Jenny define the modern age of multitasking, intelligent, and capable women making their mark on todays world. If you ask me, society would do well to allow these women ample oppurtunity to fliurish. Read her full interview below:
What do you call yourself in terms of your profession?
Most of the time I would say Homemaker, but I think I wear a lot of hats. My Instagram says master of motherhood, purveyor of produce. I think I am a teacher, a volunteer, a gardener, and a cook ( a really good cook).
How do you feel that your independence as a woman has affected your family life?
Astronomically. Being able to prove myself in a military setting and in a professional work environment, then be able to step out of those roles and still do something as fulfilling as gardening has opened up my eyes as to how strong I can be and how much control I have over my life. That is something I really want to teach my daughter that you are in control of your path no matter what. Gardening and selling vegetables out of my yard would not have been where I placed myself at 29 years old, but it is a journey that I wouldn’t change for anything and I think it makes it makes strong and it shows my daughter that I’m strong.
How do you feel that International Women’s Day affects women worldwide in helping to display confidence and independence?
I think to label a day in the name of something is important because it is easy to overlook certain things and to overlook sectors of people, but when you call attention to something one specific day it becomes their day. This is the to say “As a woman I can”. When its specifically International Women’s day that is a day where women everywhere with one voice can say “I can.” I think that is really powerful.
Do you think that as a woman you have faced inequality in your life?
I think that for the most part I have been fortunate in being treated equal, but I also think that part of that is a mindset, and part of that is waking up everyday telling yourself that you are equal. At the end of the day the only person validating you is yourself; The only person determining your self worth is you. If you wake up in the morning and you say “This is what I am going to do today and I am going to be good at it because it’s me”, then that is all that matters. I do feel like I’ve had some instances, especially in the military, where I didn’t feel that a situation was “as fair”, and I thought that it was because I was a woman, but I just woke up the next day and proved them wrong, pushed harder. To me, I am equal to everyone else, and that’s all that matters.
As a mother, Do you feel it is important to teach feminism/individuality to your children, or do you foresee a world where it is not going to be an issue in their adult life?
I would hope that in her adult years it is not an issue, but I think that it is a fine line to tread, and that if we go too far in one direction that in 50 years this may be an issue for men. I think that individually for all children we need to raise them to have a self worth and know that they are just as important as everyone else and that your actions are what determines who you are and that is not just a girl issue or a boy issue. It has to be everyone being independent and strong. I’d like to feel that I raise my daughter to be that way.
A lot of people today say that gender inequality is the modern day civil rights movement. Do you feel the issue is at that level? Do you feel there will have to be a large scale movement to bring everyone onto the same page?
I think that it is a huge issue, and I think because people are against certain things based on principles like religion that don’t affect everyone. You can’t use something like religion to judge everyone, and tell them that their thoughts and beliefs are wrong because you have a different set. I would hope that we don’t get to the point where its as bad as the civil rights movement, but at the same time when so many people are coming at an issue from so many different angles that they forget that the people on the other side are human, sometimes it has to come to something like that. We need to fight this on a political level, because you are not hearing me as a person. You are telling me that I am not who I am. I don’t believe that my beliefs allow me to tell someone not to be who they are. I feel my beliefs tell me to love everyone. Everyone on this earth should be treated like a human. If you are an american citizen, you should be treated like all other american citizens.
Do you feel that male and female is outdated terms?
Yes I do. I think that you can be in the middle of it. There are a lot of people, the majority of people, that are always going to identify with it, but there can also be leeway there. I think the conversation needs to be opened up. One of the things I struggle with the most is going up to someone and saying “How do you identify?” “What pronouns do you want me to use?” I just wish that was a comfortable question to ask. I wish it was easier to walk up to someone and say “I want to get to know you, How can I make you comfortable, and here is how you can make me comfortable”, “Can I ask you questions without offending you?”, “Can you tell me about yourself without being offended?”
Quote wall. You quote is going to be up for all to see on IWD, what quote would you want everyone to hear?
“The path less traveled gives me an excuse to carry a machete”
If you take the path that no one else takes, you are 100% in charge of where it goes and who is on the path with you, and what you take on the path. So carry the machete. Wield it.