When I was eight- years-old I was the biggest tom-boy. I hated everything girly—including that fact that I was one. Being eight is an odd time for a girl, because you’re right in the middle between a kid and a teen. Eight is when kids start turning into jerks. They start finding their own way and pushing every boundary you put in front of them. What can I say—it’s what happens.
However, I was so pleased when I saw this letter from an eight-year-old girl hit the Internet, which reads (in its original spelling with grown up translation):
We have veginas [vaginas]. We get jobs. We are creative. We have stuff that makes us preanet [pregnant]. We have milk in our bobes [boobs]. We are smart. We have power.
This letter was written as a response to “why it’s cool to be a girl.” There are so many things that make me happy about this letter. “We get jobs,” “we are creative,” “we have power” … that makes me so proud, and sixty years ago, stuff like this wouldn’t be on this letter. At eight years old, she knows that women have power. At eight years old she thinks that the ability to create and sustain life is cool, and that it doesn’t take away from her ability to be powerful, either.
The letter was posted on the popular site Reddit by a proud parent. And you know what? They should be proud and more parents should be like them. After hearing so much complaining about being a woman, how hard it is to be one, how unfair it is to be one, I’m glad an eight-year-old has the smarts to say, “It’s cool to be a chick.”