Despite this, there’s a huge movement among women to empower one another, to secure equal rights, to challenge gender narratives, and to establish a brighter future for our daughters. This movement has traveled the globe, and we have inspiring women to thank for improved gender equality around the world. With that said, it’s clear we need to make some changes here at home.
Are you wondering how to empower women so that you can help make a difference and move us toward a better future for women?
Ways to Empower Women in your Community
1. Check Yourself
When you’re trying to make the world a better place, you want to ensure you’re lasting a positive change on you and the people around you. Sometimes, we’re our worst enemy.
When you’re talking to women – either those you know intimately or those you know not so well – be sure that your language for them is not belittling, or otherwise rude. Have self-control over your behavior, your anger, and your choice of words. Understand that you’re a good person, and you can make the world a better place for women. When you’re letting off steam, here’s a mantra you can use to give yourself the freedom to be loud and angry, but also make sure you’re using that to help others. It’s not just for women.
2. Start a Book Club
Why not start a book club with a few like-minded women? As a bonus, you can get some younger girls involved in the group to help them grow. It’s also a great way to introduce children to the act of reading and engaging with the written word. If you’re going to be starting a book club, you want to make sure that the books you choose aren’t what’s deemed to be more popular, or popular in the media. Look for books that showcase strong female characters. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of empowering books for girls, so you can get some great ideas of what books you can choose from for your book club.
3. Get Involved
By getting involved, you become a steward for the betterment of women. Joining committees, attending conferences, meeting with elected officials, and talking with the media are all ways you can get involved. When you’re doing this, stay steadfast in your mission. You’re helping, so be outspoken about it.
Consider these empowering books for black women, which are a great guide to give you the motivation you need to keep going.
4. Be the Leader
Women are lacking in leadership roles in America. Thus, you’re a good role model when you step up to leadership roles. You’re also a good role model when you share the spotlight with other women,Black Excellence like yourself. When you’re taking on leadership roles in the workplace, in your community, or with your family, you’re bringing positive change, and you can inspire other women to do the same.
5. Stop Critiquing Yourself
For whatever reason, women have a habit of self-critique. If you’re trying to empower women in your community, then there’s no room for you to focus on your insecurities, or on what you should look like, react like, or act like. There’s room for kindness and respect, and for you to lead by example. You’re not here to focus on how you can help women, but to keep a positive outlook on the lives you’re helping to change, and do so as a positive person.
6. Recognize the Power of a Name
Do you know the power of your name, as much as the name you’re giving someone else? Before you call another woman, or engage with another woman, double check your own name. Remember, by building yourself up and encouraging other women to do the same, you can truly help make the world a better place for women.
7. Don’t Assume Anyone Is Better Than You
Be aware of the fact that women, across all different races and cultures, have some damage done to them because of the root of their gender. There will be some women who will assume they’re better than you, just because of your gender. The truth of the matter is, you’re not any more feminine or any less valuable than this other woman. Recognize your value, and recognize it in others, as well.
8. Don’t Conform
Piggy backing off of the previous item, don’t conform. No matter how popular something becomes, or how everyone else sees something, don’t conform. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be a part of something or not have others join you. It’s saying, don’t do something because you believe others will judge you for it. Do what’s right for you.
9. Let Your Family Know How You Feel
Women do seem particularly attached to their families. Men, not so much. If you’re trying to empower other women in your family, let them know you’re trying to be a positive role model for them. Let them know you’re trying to help them have a better future. Let them know you love them.
10. Make Them Proud
Making other women proud is a big step forward in empowering women. If you’re a woman in a leadership role, for example, other women will see you just as any man is equated to. Then, your achievements become theirs, and they can relate to them, too, on a different level. Making other women proud in your family and your community can be worth the effort.
11. Stand With Women to Show Them the Way
Nothing says camaraderie like standing together, facing adversity, and kicking some butt. When you’re standing with other women, you can guide them, support them, and encourage them to do all that they can.
12. Get Out and Do Something
Go and challenge yourself. Go and support a cause. Stand up for the rights of other women. You don’t have to be in a leadership role to do something, either. You can put yourself out there by showing up for people who are going to be leaders. By supporting other women in your community, you can build bridges that support women as a whole.
13. Get to Know Other Women like You
Maybe you’re a black woman who loves other women. Maybe you’re just a woman who wants to empower other women through making the world a better place. Maybe you’re a woman warrior. In your life, there will be other women like you. Join up! Don’t be mean to other women, but do give them your support. They can nurture each other.
14. Recognize That You’re in a Good Place
Yes, you’re probably going to have to work a little harder than you would like. Yes, you’re probably going to have to take on more than you’d like, too. But you’re in a good place now, and you’re in a good place at home. This is a great place to start, and you owe it to other women to keep the progress going.
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