To empower is to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
Since starting our blog, we’ve been honored to meet such amazing, empowering women. For this Women Wednesday, we wanted to spread some inspiration, strength, and love!!
Let’s do this!!
💋 Create a Women Empowerment Tag post on your blog and answer these five questions. (Feel free to use the pictures attached in this post for your own post!💗)
- What does women empowerment mean to you?
- What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
- Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
- Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
- What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
💋 Then tag 5 inspirational, powerful women to do the same.
💋 Link your post to https://mylifelines.co/women-wednesday-women-empowerment-tag
At the end of the month, we are going to post our favorite to our blog!<3
1. What does women empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment means equality and respect.
It means not having to carry around pepper spray, watch where I am walking, or change what I am wearing.
It means not having the badass woman Vice President at my job get demoted, while filling the c-suite with more men.
It means being able to speak up during meetings and be called “passionate” and “smart” instead of “emotional” and “loud.”
It means not labeling Serena Williams as “throwing a tantrum” while rapist Kavanaugh was “defending his honor.”
It means something to me that I can’t even completely comprehend, because I can tell you more of what it doesn’t mean than what it does.
It does mean spreading love, power and confidence to the other strong women around me. It does mean speaking up for my rights and having the confidence to take whatever backlash it may receive. It does mean supporting and backing women who want to stand up and tell their story.
Right now, it means fighting harder than ever to eliminate what it doesn’t mean and provide a more equal and respected life for the generations of women after us.
2. What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
There are too many to choose if I’m being honest.
But currently, I’d say the women politicians in the U.S. right now that are fighting for our basic human rights. AND Christine Blasey Ford, whose life was altered irreparably by the now Supreme Court Justice when she was 15 years old. She only continues to suffer today. Even through it all, she stood up and fought for what was right. And even with so many backing her, the rapist still proceeded to take one of the highest positions of power.
So, Dr. Ford I admire your strength through all of this. And Kamala Harris, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mazie Hirono, and so many more, I admire your perseverance through such a sexist and twisted political system.
“Shut Up and Step Up” – Senator Mazie Hirono
3. Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
I have met so many strong women in my life.
They are the reason I keep going even when it really feels like there is no hope. If you read my first Women Wednesday post on Annalise Mahanes, you would’ve seen an empowered woman right there. She was sexually assaulted and suffered in silence for too long. When she finally felt able to share, she felt more power and control than she had in awhile. She spoke up for every women out there who has been through it too and suffers in silence.
And just the other day I ran across Jennifer’s story. Jennifer was sexually assaulted when she was 15 by someone she thought she knew. And unlike most, she did immediately tell. But, her abuser blamed her and everyone around her believed him. Please read her full story, she is amazing.
I am so inspired by these two women and by all women who speak up and out. You are all so strong and you are making such a difference in the world, I promise you.
4. Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
Two lessons stand out to me most as I think about this.
First, treat everyone with respect (obvi). But also, praise people for their hard work and give ownership to those who deserve it. There’s nothing people dislike more than a leader who takes credit for everything their team accomplishes. And there’s nothing people like more than being complimented for their hard work and amazing achievements! It’s also really easy to do.
Compliments are free. Spread them like wildfire!
The second lesson, more pertaining to the fact that I am a woman, would be to take initiative and speak up. And know that when you do, you may receive backlash. I overdo it with the research. That’s because if I am ever in the position to take the lead and explain something I very well understand, I want to be able to do it with no hesitation. Maybe I’ll speak up and people will be taken aback. Maybe I’ll be labeled as loud and emotional, instead of smart and well-respected. BUT when they realize what I have to say is accurate and helpful, then that will be one hell of a step forward for me.
5. What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
Michelle Obama, being the total badass she is, started the Global Girls Alliance this year on the #dayofthegirl.
Both the Global Girls Alliance and the Malala Fund are focused on getting education to the millions of girls around the world without it. I feel very strongly about creating a world that is filled with strong women leaders who can then encourage girls to become leaders. I think these two causes are important because as Michelle says, “the future of our world is only as bright as our girls.”
Women Wednesday strikes again!! <3
We can’t wait to be inspired by your answers. Comment with your post’s URL below OR tag us on social media!