Happy Women’s History Month!

Happy Women’s History Month! Throughout history, women have stood up to the many inequalities that still exist in this world, and with strength, wisdom, love, and compassion we continue to show up fully.  It wasn’t until 1978 that Congress declared March, Women’s History Month and honors the extraordinary achievements of American women every year since. And what an extraordinary time to be a woman!

It is no surprise that so many women naturally find themselves in careers that involve caring-taking, healing, and holding space.  In fact, acupuncture continues to be a growing field in the United States, and statistics show that 69.2%¹ of practitioners are women, and Retreat is no exception.  In fact, we thought it would be fun to share what our amazing practitioners have to say about what womanhood is all about for them.

 

Karinn Gallagher, L.Ac

What do you LOVE about being a woman?

The connections I’ve made with women in the world have sustained, inspired and driven me to do profound things. What I’ve gleaned from 2017/18 is an essential reinforcement that we are important, strong, smart, powerful, and unmatched in our ability to create good. My favorite thing about women is our slow and steady nature to get things done right, no matter the timeline, no matter the task.

What does celebrating womanhood look like for you?

Being honest, communicating, expressing my desires, and allowing women the space they need to have their own experience. This allows me to attract like-minded women who inspire me every day and offers a platform where I can be helpful as well to those around me as well.

Who is your female hero?

My paternal grandmother. She was so feral and beautiful, and someday I will turn all of her old dresses into aprons 🙂

How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

With my incredible patients! Being an acupuncturist is the greatest gift I’ve received, and the ability to spend time with you guys on this day feels like pure magic!

 

Anna Severn, L.Ac

What do you LOVE about being a woman?

I love the cyclical nature of women’s health, and I love the deep connections I have with other women in my community. The sisterhood I have been able to create with other women is a huge part of my mental well being.  

What does celebrating womanhood look like for you?

I celebrate freedom and equality for all women, which means vehement support of women of color and trans women, two of the most oppressed members of our society. Until we are all free, none of us are free.

Who is your female hero?

So many to choose from! Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my paternal grandmother, who passed away many years ago. She was tough as nails, and I think of her whenever life is hard, drawing strength from her stoicism and grit.

How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

I’m home with my son that day, so we will be spending time outdoors, and maybe visiting a local, women-owned business for lunch. And calling my mom!

 

Lauren Mendez, L.Ac

What do you LOVE about being a woman?

I love the sensitivity that is innate to being female. I also love the relationships with my female friends/ sisters who offer tremendous support. I think this is a gift we women share together.

What does celebrating womanhood look like for you?

Being with my sisters and friends doing creative things; cooking, art, and helping each other solve our problems!

Who is your female hero?

Jane Goodall. She offers more love to those who need the support and protection than anyone else I know!

How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

Being with my patients too! I feel so blessed to be able to do this work and offer care and support to those looking for ways to have a better life and body.

 

Corinne Grant, L.Ac

What do you LOVE about being a woman?  

Going through the labor and delivery in three pregnancies was amazing and empowering. I am the matriarch of my family and I count on the wisdom that comes with life experience to help me in this role. I am now at a time in my life where I have cared for my parents until they passed and will welcome my 5th grandchild to our family this summer. Digging deep to always get done what needs to be done for my family is what this woman does best.

What does celebrating womanhood look like for you?

I can’t really say that I ever think about this.

Who is your female hero?

Michelle Obama, Nona Cunningham my OB/GYN and Ruth Bader Ginsberg!

How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

It falls on a Thursday so I will be taking care of 2 of my grandkids.

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¹https://datausa.io/profile/cip/513301/#demographics

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