To say I was raised by strong women is an understatement beyond belief. I owe my success in life not only to God, but to the wonderful, nurturing, smart and boss babe women who raised and mentored me over the years. From being raised by the only grandmother I’ve ever known, my independent mother and wise older sisters to having amazing teachers in school and mentors to guide me along the way, I would not be who or where I am today.
March happens to be Women’s History Month and I want to brag about the amazing women God placed in my life.
When it comes to family, I was surrounded by women. My maternal grandmother is the only grandmother I have ever known in my life as my dad’s mom passed long before I was born. Then there’s my mother and my four older sisters. These six women have taught me to be independent, outspoken and unapologetic as well as to be kind, respectful and understanding. Every single one of them have endured extreme hardships in life from relationships, careers and so much more. Truly, it’s because of them that I am still alive today and pushing forward with my life goals. They are the kindest, most patient women I could ever wish to be raised by.
As far as teachers go, Susan Smith and Joy Gunter are the reason I even write and got into journalism to begin with. They saw my outspoken persona eager to break through and nurtured me into the writer I am today. I owe my career to them, honestly. They were persistent, critical, understanding and resilient when it came to my writing.
Mentor wise, I’ve had many. Cristela Duran always comes to mind. She is the epitome of self-love, Godly love and faith. She has devoted her life to helping the youth in Charlotte through her love for science and love for God as a high school teacher and youth minister. On the other hand, Noel Wilkerson Holmes took my young, fresh out-ofcollege self and entrusted me to work at the Pleasanton Express. Because of her boss babe aura, I have fallen deeply in love with journalism and telling YOUR news and stories, Atascosa County.
I could go on and on. Each of these women have paved the way for me to be who I am and have supported me in all of my endeavors … good and bad. When I look back at who’s been cheering me on and pushing me forward, it’s always them. I wish I could repay them, but I know they will not accept anything but for me to share my love, kindness, faith and passion with those around me.
So, to all of the women who came before me … thank you.
REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.