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Sullivan City hosts Women’s Month Celebration

Saturday, women of western Hidalgo County were given a space of vulnerability and confidence at the Sullivan City Women’s Month Celebration.

Inside the Sullivan Pavillion, Mayor Alma D. Salinas, donning a deep purple suit, addressed the women gathered at tables with an excerpt from a book.

“Every day we have something to learn, something to forget, and many things to be grateful for,” Salinas said, before introducing and recognizing city employees, alongside district and county leaders present in the room.

She then introduced the guest speaker, Dalia Ramirez, a Univision 48 journalist and author based in the Rio Grande Valley. Taking the stage, Dalia opened the discussion by asking hypothetical questions about the struggle and sacrifice daughters, mothers, and grandmothers experience.

“How many of you have suffered, have cried, have not eaten but made food for the table?” Dalia Ramirez said. “How many of you have cried from fatigue, worrying about your husband, or crying for your hurt daughter?”

Dalia brought to light the commonality of women’s suffering: putting themselves last to provide for others.

“Today, we need to learn to love ourselves a little more,” Dalia said. “We are what we make. If we don’t believe in ourselves, then there’s nothing.”

The Univision reporter encouraged the women present to recognize the wounds they carry and to pick themselves up from hardships.

“There is always a solution,” Dalia said. “There is always a door to open, and someone who will lead you to it. And your attitude will shape how you get through this obstacle.”

Healing and self-care were emphasized as part of the event’s message, with the guest speaker urging those present to slow down, take a breath, and love themselves through their day-to-day lives.

“Love yourselves, and fight to make your dreams happen,” Dalia said.

To broaden their viewpoint on self-love and dream-building, Dalia led a session on affirmations. Pre-printed messages were blindly selected by attendees. Some of the messages, instilling hope, self-love, and self-confidence, were read aloud.

24-year-old Arlette Ramirez broke into tears at reading her affirmation, her situation in school and full-time working schedule resonating with the words she received.

“Free yourself, breathe, and know this is the time to begin your journey,” Arlette said before welcoming Dalia in a tearful embrace.

The UTRGV student, highly independent working for a business degree, swapped for her engineering career, said the pressures of societal expectations make young adults feel like they’re running behind in a race.

“A lot of young people feel lost. We want to achieve so much at such a young age because we see people being this big of a person,” Arlette said. “And we’re in college being blind-sided about what we want out of college.”

For Arlette, juggling a full-time job and classes her senior year has been tiring yet rewarding, as graduation is just around the corner

But the kind words and comfort offered by Dalia Ramirez made her see that her progress is where it is meant to be even if others seem to have their lives planned out.

“The time is now,” Dalia told her. “We are all here for you. The burden is not just yours. Take the journey.”

After the event, Dalia met with the attendees at her table, signing copies of her novel, Que tu Historia Sea tu Victoria: Encuentra la Felicidad en Medio de la Adversidad, which some won in a raffle. The novel touches on true stories of people who found the answers to healing through their struggles.

In the end, Dalia felt that it was important to relay a space for women to share their experiences.

“There are very few times where we [women] think of ourselves and create time to remember who we are,” said Dalia. “We take this time to share dialogue and make strong connections to not only transform one’s life but to help each other take a step forward in our progress.”

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