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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Notre Dame chapter.

I love women. I love women who are quiet and good listeners, women who are open and warm, women who take things seriously, women who make fun of themselves. I love brash and ballsy women and women who make dirty jokes and women who blush when they hear those filthy words. I love the whole spectrum of women, short and tall, big and small. 

I like when women are proud of themselves, when they speak their opinions and don’t feel bad about it, when they rightfully put people in their place, and when they aren’t ashamed of who they are.

I believe that women’s rights are one of the most important issues that we face today. I am not the first person to think this or say this. In fact, it’s a very unoriginal thought. But I am reminded of it every day when I go to class and I hear smart, conscientious, f***ing awesome women constantly saying “sorry.” 

If I have little girls, I hope they never apologize for having a strong opinion. I hope they never apologize for expressing themselves. I hope they never say “sorry” before asking questions in class.  

I want girls everywhere to be okay with being confident. Not to feel weird about liking themselves, liking their bodies, or thinking they are right in an argument. It’s okay to feel these things and it makes me sad that it isn’t the norm. 

Don’t be worried about being called a b***h if you’re sure of yourself and know how you like sh*t done. Be a “b***h” when it’s called for and know that you are still warm, empathetic, and loving. 

Don’t listen to articles and blog posts about “how a lady should act.” Act how you want to act. 

Don’t listen to me if you don’t agree. Disagree with me, and be proud and strong when you tell me I’m wrong. 

Ladies everywhere: you is smart, you is kind, you is important. Don’t ever apologize for being who you are. 

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