“When women support each other, incredible things happen…”
This post comes from our blog intern, Emily.
Something really amazing is shifting in our world. Are you noticing? Now, more than ever, woman are running sh*t. Women are questioning social norms, and really, changing the world. This year, the most educated group in America are African American women. How amazing is that? Women are doing some of the most inspiring things I know (men are cool too, of course, and I think there’s a lot we can learn from them) but I couldn’t be more proud to be a woman.
In some shape or form, we are born to compete. Endless messages are thrown at us telling us we need to be taller, skinnier, prettier, or smarter. Many of us are taught to come from a place of lack; you’ll never be good enough. But what good has ever come out of judgement, jealousy, and petty competition? It’s draining, demeaning, and gets us nowhere. When we try to unconditionally love the people around us, so much good comes from it! Teamwork, inspiration, and love are just a few things we end up with. The strongest women are those that build up the women around them, instead of tearing them down. Support, encourage, celebrate, and love the women in your life because we are capable of so much and our fullest potential can only be realized when we feel safe and supported by those we surround ourselves with. Surround yourself with a group of women that challenge you and inspire you! I think a big part of this woman-driven revolution (perhaps?) of changing stigmas, thoughts, and perceptions has been largely achieved by women supporting other women.
Empowerment. Empower the women in your life. Your co-workers, your sisters, your mother, your friends, your acquaintances, your enemies, and strangers. Empower others and you’ll feel empowered. Collaborate. Share your ideas with other women. Don’t keep everything to yourself. Lift others as you climb your own ladder and start collaborating more than competing. Mentor and help the women around you. If you know something, it’s probably of value to many other women. Have courageous, meaningful conversations. Be honest, and let people know how you feel. Your emotions, thoughts, and opinions matter.
Support the women around you. We’re all in this together and remember, it’s not all about you <3