It’s an important time for women right now. With powerful, inspiring females speaking up about equality and women around the globe changing the world for the better. You might be wondering what it means to feel empowered. Or how you can channel your inner warrior to empower others, or just be the best version of yourself. These five stories of inspirational women will do just that! But before we get to the stories, let’s talk about what empowerment means and how you can feel empowered as a woman too.
What Does it Mean to Feel Empowered as a Woman?
To feel empowered as a woman may mean completely different things to each of us. Empowerment can be feeling confident, strong, and in control of your own life. Accepting yourself for who you are and knowing your self-worth. You are able to recognize and celebrate your complete potential. You know that you are capable of anything, and you celebrate all your victories.
How can you Make Yourself Feel Empowered?
Finding out what makes you feel empowered as a woman may take some experimenting. But it’s a great way to practice a little self-love and self-care! You may feel empowered by practicing positive and encouraging affirmations, by taking action and accomplishing something, even it’s as simple as finishing a book.
Empowerment can come from doing something you love, or finding your voice and saying “no” to things that don’t align with you! It might take work to find what makes you feel empowered, but it’s well worth it.
Accepting yourself unconditionally can be the ultimate act of empowerment. Find out about the 7 Beautiful Things That Start to Happen When you Accept Yourself, here.
How do you Make Someone Feel Empowered?
Women should be celebrated every day! And by uplifting and encouraging others we will not only empower ourselves but empower the other amazing women in our lives. Encourage positivity and uplift a loved one by sharing a personal story of how they’ve inspired you.
Stand up and use your voice and help others see their amazing qualities by paying them a compliment. It’s also empowering to know that others believe in you and support you, so let your loved ones know that you’ve got their back!
Five Stories of Inspirational Women
Ai-Jen Poo – Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
Ai-Jen Poo is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. This non-profit organization aims to bring dignity, fairness, and quality work to the workers who care for and clean our homes. The majority of whom are women of color who immigrated to the USA. She strives to bring care and respect to the women who work so hard to care for people and their homes. Under Ai-Jen Poo’s leadership, the NDWA campaigned to pass domestic worker bills of rights proving workers with basic labor protections for the first time. This included legal protection from harassment and discrimination, paid overtime, and minimum wage protection for more than two million home care workers!
Malala Yousafzai – Women’s Rights Activist & Founder of the Malala Fund
Malala Yousafzai became an international symbol for the fight for the rights of girls to have an education. Because of her efforts, of the restrictions on female education, she was shot in her home country of Pakistan but survived. Malala had begun writing a blog in 2009 under a pseudonym. She documented her fears that her school would be attacked due to the increasing military activity in her hometown. After her identity was revealed, she and her father continued to speak about the rights for girls to have an education. Malala and her father then co-founded the Malala Fund, to empower girls to demand change and bring awareness to the impact of girl’s educations. In 2014, Malala then became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize!
Tawakkol Karman – Journalist & Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains
Tawakkol, also known as “The Mother of the Revolution” is a human rights activist, journalist, and politician. Tawakkol was born in Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city. Growing up in Yemen, she witnessed the unification of North and South Yemen followed by civil war. Bravely, Tawakkol responded to the human rights abuses in her home country and political instability by reporting injustices. She then founded Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) in 2005. An organization that reports human rights abuses in Yemen and advocates for the freedom and rights of journalists! Tawakkol Karman became the first-ever Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth was born in New York and attended Harvard Law. She was one of only a few women in a class of more than 500 students. During her time there, she became the first-ever female member of the school’s Law Review. Ruth went on to teach at Columbia University, where she became Columbia’s first woman tenured professor. Ruth also founded the empowering Women’s Rights Project that advocates that all women have the right to equality across society. In 93’ Ruth then went on to become only the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout her career, she continued to fight and advocate for women’s rights, and so much more!
Alison Bechdel – American Cartoonist
Alison Bechdel is a graphic novelist and American cartoonist, born in Pennsylvania. She created the well-known comic strip – Dykes to Watch Out For. Alison Bechdel is known for having the Bechdel test named after and attributed to her from an episode in her comic. The Bechdel test is measures movies on the representation of women on-screen. It simply asks whether the movie features at least two women who speak to each other about anything besides a man. It is sometimes required that the women must be named too. The test continues to be used today to see if movies pass this very simple test.
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