5 powerful ways women can empower other women
Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of families, communities, and countries. When women are living safe, fulfilled, and productive lives, they can reach their full potential. Here are 5 ways you can empower the women in your circle today.
Tell your story
Share your story, with all its ups and downs. Talk about your wins, but share your losses and mistakes, too. Being relatable and open can help other women tell their story. When other women see the road you travelled is very much like the one they’re on, they’ll start believing they too have the power to reach their goals.
Stand up for women
When you see discrimination or inequality, call it out. But don’t leave the focus on the negative. Instead, offer a better alternative. For example, if there’s a lack of women in decision-making positions, suggest placing a woman who’s capable of doing the job or a change to the system, so things become more equal.
We need to work together to promote ourselves. If you’re in a leadership position, look for women who’d benefit from an upcoming opportunity and recommend them.
Even if you’re not in a leadership position, you can still share new opportunities with other women you that you know. If you know a female colleague or classmate who’d be perfect for an opportunity, tell her about it. It’s important for women to advocate for other women.
Encourage other women
It’s much easier for you to spot the potential in another woman, than it is for her to see it in herself. Encourage women to put up their hands up for new opportunities, to apply for promotions, to ask for training and to seek mentors. Hold a woman’s hand when she lacks courage, give her a push when she needs it, and keep reminding her of her talents and abilities. There are a lot of people who find it easy to pull others down, so try to be that someone who helps others climb.
Build safe spaces
Look for women who are positive, encouraging, strong and determined to help other women succeed. Build a strong network both at work and outside, and stay in touch. The more we work together and support each other, the more empowered we’ll feel. If you want to create a safe space in your community, you can ask me how.
I encourage you to think about the women in your work and personal life, and find ways, every single day, to lift them up. Let’s work on being each other’s strongest cheerleaders in celebrating successes and achievements. When women empower other women, we all succeed.
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