Is that just a catchy slogan or a prophecy? I vote for option B! Never before have women had so many choices–to have children, a career, or both? Follow your passion or follow the paycheck? Choose your own adventure is rapidly becoming reality for more and more women and it excites me for the future generations that we are now raising.

My daughter is 18 months old right now and I can already see the pluck and drive that is innate within her. She’s determined in a way that only a toddler can be. She’s smart but also sweet and affectionate. The world hasn’t had a chance to toughen her up yet and for that I’m grateful. As she learns and grows, I want to keep working to make sure that she has all the options available to her both educationally and professionally.

The women that we’ve showcased in our Movers and Shakers feature are the trailblazers that are making this possible. So many different walks of life are represented–a doctor, a banker, a stay at home mom and foster mom, an artist, and an entire architecture firm founded by women. My daughter has some pretty great role models to look up to and I would count myself blessed if she sees me as one of them.

Mother’s Day can be a fraught holiday for some but I think we can all agree that we all owe a debt to the strong women in our lives. Let’s take a minute and celebrate them. As Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” I’ll cheers to that!

Thank you to all the women out there hustling, working, and loving hard every day!

Rachel