Declaration of Interdependence

Declaration of Interdependence

Declaration of Interdependence

By BJ Gallagher, Lisa Hammond and Warren Schmidt


We hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all women are created equal –

But each is blessed with different gifts and talents.

That all women are endowed with certain individual rights –

But each must assume shared responsibilities.

For the happiness of all

Depends on the commitment of each

To support equality and individuality,

Rights and responsibilities.

We declare all women to be mutually interdependent-

Banding together to support one another,

Sharing our experience, strength, and hope,

That all may enjoy life, love, and the pursuit of laughter.

We agree to encourage one another in touch times and celebrate in good times.

We commit to taking turns leading and following, inspiring and teaching, listening and learning.

We agree to give credit where credit is due –

Including us.

We commit to loving ourselves first-

Because we can’t give what we don’t have.

With this Declaration of Interdependence, we set ourselves free –

Free from old beliefs that are no longer true,

Free from self-doubt, insecurity, and loneliness,

Free from self-imposed perfectionism.

We set ourselves free –

Heeding our intuition in all her guises,

Loving our bodies through every change,

Finding our voices to speak our own truths.

We set ourselves free –

To create fulfilling work,

To form nutruing families,

And to build great friendships.

We are strong;

We are beautiful;

We are generous;

We are wise.

We are women –

Committed to creating

A world that affirms us all.

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