This Thanksgiving I am grateful for women.
I thank my mother for giving me life and for being my first best friend.
I thank Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and June Jordan for poetry.
I thank Toni Morrison and Kate Chopin for prose.
I thank dream hampton for her words and her Jagged Edges.
I thank Jessica Valenti for starting a feminist website that changed my life.
I thank Joan Morgan for writing a book that helped me define feminism for myself.
I thank Sarah Bessey for showing me how to take my feminism to church.
I thank Geralyn for being the sister I always wanted.
I thank Laura and Charlene for making college even better than I had hoped.
I thank Maisy for making Louisville the hometown of my heart.
I thank Annemarie for being my work wife.
I thank LaTasha for being my person, my family, my friend.
I thank Tanya for long walks and for giving me the courage to run.
I thank Sherri for believing girls can run the world.
I thank Chanda for support, inspiration, and Olivia Pope.
I thank Karri for girl talk that I never want to end and for loving Howard the Duck as much as I do.
I thank the women of See Jane Write for helping me answer my life's call.
I thank the teenage girls in the Women and the Media class I instruct for teaching me far more than I will ever teach them.
I thank the woman in the mirror for stubborn self-love.