I decided to leave a post while being inspired with International Women’s Day yesterday and all the tweets, messages, and photos I came across. Thank you Dana Warrior for being such a powerful warrior woman who continues to inspire me despite there being a celebratory day.
For all those women who continue to fight for anything that matters to them, this is for you. For all those women who are afraid to stand up for something that matters to them, this is for you. For all those women who weren’t fearful but fearless in their pursuit of being heard and noticed, this is for you.
I too, have been included in these categories and continue on because being a Warrior girl or woman is who I am. I mention in my book Spirit and Belief how being a teenage girl in the mid 80’s and following professional wrestling was rare and basically unheard of– at least where I lived. Outside of my family’s walls, it was seldom if ever talked about or brought up by my friends at all. I discuss seeing The Road Warriors on a boy’s notebook and starting a conversation!
Being introverted this would’ve been unheard of by me but there I was ignoring the teacher and talking WWF characters to a boy! I applaud that girl for being so courageous since she paved the way for me and my destiny with someone by the name of well, I think you all know! To think also that I had a dream with Warrior looking at my book while giving a talk in my old 7th grade classroom where that boy and I once talked is beyond incredible to me.
I look at the success of the Women’s Evolution and those amazing superstars today. I just marvel in how far they have come. Before I watched, there were some women wrestlers who started it all of course but in my day– they were rarely if ever featured or just managers. I am so glad that has all changed and they are not only viewed as bodies but also minds who can compete just as well AND alongside the men! They got their first ever Royal Rumble match, how about that!
For all those women who aspired to do great things in sports entertainment and are succeeding, this is for you. For all those women for watched WWF back then and continue to watch WWE today, this is for you. For all those women (or girls back then) who always wanted to meet their favorite but never got to like me, this is for you.
I have seen plenty of old videos with fans meeting their “heroes” back then and very few women coming forward. Maybe they were with their guy or in the background or not really a fan at all. I must say if I ever had the chance to meet Warrior I would imagine him seeing a woman or two and maybe some girls in line. Yes, we’d have to wait just like the guy fans but like Dana has said: “ladies first!” I have a feeling Warrior would recognize those girls and bring them up to the front! That’s just my take but am sticking to it!!!
Whether you are a fan of today’s Superstars or not, you must agree on all the accomplishments and equality to women WWE has brought then, now, and forever. I can hold my head up high and not feel intimidated ever again like that twelve year old I was many years ago. Even some of the women associates at my publishing company had goosebumps when I discussed my experiences. They too could relate and I was in tears bonding with them over the phone. One woman even said her boy cousins would usher her out of the room when WWF would come on! It wasn’t for girls– or not really…
Thank you to all those women who have made a difference with anything they try in life and we all should do the same. Special days are great and should be celebrated but we should celebrate our OWN victories everyday whether it is in the ring or not. I celebrate my warrior girl then who turned into my warrior woman today and to all warrior women, this is for you! Thank you Miss Dana for always believing and sharing your womanhood with me. 💕👏🏻💪🏻🏆
All my Warrior stories are in my book so check it out!!!