"GODDAMNIT, I AM A LION"

MAY 24TH, 2017

I am the only woman, the only woman raised by a single father in a house full of males. What does that mean for me? That means that I got tough. I played a lot of sports and I learned how to speak my mind. But it also meant that I was different.

I can go to school and become a nurse, but never a doctor. I could go to school and be a legal aid, but never a lawyer. I could go to school and be a secretary, but never a CEO. And at that time, I didn’t fight this logic. I didn’t think twice about it, because I wanted to make a difference.

One time, I called my dad and told him that I was a born public servant and more than that, I was a feminist. My dad in his usual fiery tone snapped back at me.

“All that feminism crap is the same thing as a sheep trying to run with the lions. It just doesn’t work like that.”

I hung up and I thought to myself, nope, I’m going to call him back.

I thought to myself, I am never going to listen to that again. I called my dad and I said, “God damn it dad, I am a lion.”

My dad paused, he laughed and said, “you’re right, you are a lion.”

Veronica was a speaker at Dear World Live from University of Nevada Reno