Women’s empowerment is acknowledgement of how the human race has evolved and continues to evolve and women taking opportunities regardless of challenges and pushing forward for recognition, success and equality driven by their capability as a human being. This is what I think of when I think of women empowerment but it can have many meanings depending on the context. For example, a grandmother might feel empowered because her great grand daughter pursues a career in medicine when she never could or a woman today may feel empowered because she can choose whether to have children or not.
Men have had the upper hand for centuries and this is not about beating them down or overpowering them but empowering ourselves to have the same rights, decisions, opportunities etc as men. We are living in the twenty first century and we have the right to choose whether we want to get married, have children, have a career, do it all…but sadly, we do still fight against a society that intends to push us back which is why celebrating inspiring women who are making a positive difference is so important.
As I’m sure you are aware, people have taken screens as an invisibility cloak and their judgement poisons social media platforms that should be used to connect people as opposed to divide them. Sadly, women can often deliver the most critical hits with their words, this includes teenage bullies all the way through to mom-shaming other moms. Empowerment is about being confident yes, but it is also about being kind. If someone is carrying a few extra pounds and you’ve just binged two tubs of ice cream, don’t lash out at them – you don’t know what battles they have fought just like they don’t know what led you to binge on ice cold gold.
If every woman in the world focused a little more on building another woman up, we would all be stronger for it. There are some really awesome women out there, some who have the security to be honest about postpartum, some who dedicate their time to helping other women, some who have committed their lives to supporting people who struggle with their mental health, those who are strong enough to bare all in their journey to fit, those who start businesses regardless of the negative loop in their head. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such women.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some stories from some amazing women to honour women’s day on the 8th of March 2019. I hope you are encouraged and empowered by them.
Here’s to women all over the world, whatever struggles they have, whichever path they have chosen, whoever they have chosen to be – I hope you feel empowered enough to build another woman up today, tomorrow and every other day to come.