We, women, have a few tricks up our sleeves. Some may insist we throw them all away and blend in with the rest of the population, but we have a different opinion.
Why not take advantage of our best female traits and turn them into serious weapons of female empowerment? Here are the six best ways to celebrate being a woman in today’s world:
Trust your intuition
Women are more in touch with their feelings, emotions, and intuition than men. It’s a strength we should be proud of, not sweep it under the rug. Oftentimes, our gut feeling is our secret sauce — drizzle on top of our competence, skills, and passion and we are destined to win.
Everyone from Joyce C. Lock to Lailah Gifty Akita to Gary Vaynerchuk agrees on this: the key to success is to focus on your strengths, not trying to fix your weaknesses.
And since intuition is one of those incredible strengths for most women — bring on the magic!
The best way to tune into your inner currents is to regularly allocate the time to just being. Whether it’s in the shower, at the gym, on a walk, or during meditation, quiet judgment- and planning-free moments are the fertile soil for personal and professional breakthroughs.
Inspiration is everywhere, and we know it better than anyone!
Between museums, books, movies, the Gram and Pinterest, nature, and even a beautiful brunch, we constantly search for something to take our breath away. And guess what? It’s much better than sulking through life oozing cynicism!
Yes, women get excited (sometimes we even squeal!). Yes, we may love glitter and unicorns one day, and show up decked out in leather, studs, and black lipstick the next. Sometimes we cry over a movie or burnt cookies.
But we never forget to compliment each other fiercely when another female inspires us — or when she simply looks particularly great. The net of inspiration and support that women naturally weave lifts, everyone, up and makes the world a better place. Our search for inspiration should never stop.
Female friendships often get a bad rap, but we know that it’s simply not true anymore. In the past, where society loved to pin women against each other to compete for the limited space on the social arena allocated to the “weaker sex”, it might have been the case.
Being friends with someone AGAINST another woman or a group of women was as common as backstabbing and being mean to “advance”.
Nowadays, with the wider narrative finally catching up, female friendships exist to uplift and empower all members of the group. We mentor, support, compliment, listen and entertain.
We know very well that neither family nor partner can completely replace the value female friendships add to our lives. We schedule brunches and movie nights that don’t end when we settle down in a relationship.
On the contrary, these happy breaks of deep connection and support last through breakups, marriages, children, successes, and failures. Every woman deserves to experience a true friendship and the minimum we can do is extend a hand to someone who truly needs it.
Celebrate your beauty
There is no doubt that for the past decades the fashion and beauty industries have thrived on our insecurities, reassuring us that perfection is near once you buy just this one thing. Luckily, we don’t have to play this game anymore.
There are many brands, old and new, affordable and luxe, offering sustainable makeup for all skin tones, personalized cruelty-free skincare products, lingerie and swimsuits hat love your body, and thoughtfully designed clothing that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and won’t end up in a landfill.
And while men face much more restrictive social norms in terms of their appearance, women are free to take every advantage of everything fashion and beauty industries have to offer to celebrate their bodies — all while voting with our wallets for the worthy causes of sustainability and inclusivity.
Olivia Pope from Scandal and a slew of other strong female characters shattered the stereotype of what a powerful woman should look like so now we are happy to flaunt our curves, let our hair down in all its glory, and smell like a candy shop or a forbidden forest. Because who’ll dare to tell us we can’t?
Ask for help
As the strong, independent women we are, we often revel in our ‘can do’ attitude even if there is an alternative way. It’s truly remarkable what every girl, young lady, or woman is capable of achieving all by herself; no one has any business telling her otherwise! But sometimes, it’s in our best interest to allow someone else to help.
Frankly, this is acceptable for all humans regardless of their gender, although somehow society believes it is women who need more help. This may not be the case, but surprise! — people love helping others.
By trusting them with solving your problem, however small or large it may be—from opening a tightly sealed jar to moving a stubborn bookcase to making sure her startup thrives with a minimum budget—a woman in charge doesn’t appear weak; she looks like a leader capable of delegation and knowing exactly how to get what she needs efficiently.
By asking for help when it allows her to focus on priorities or move closer to her goals. She doesn’t reinforce a stereotype; she’s speeding into the sunset leaving life’s obstacles in the dust.
Knock ‘em dead
It’s nice to work hard and get what you deserve. Everyone should have that. And yet, it feels even better to blow somebody’s expectations completely out of the water.
It may take a little longer and a bit more hard work because for some unfathomable reason even today some people put a mental glittery cap on women’s abilities, but in the end, it’s up to us to prove our real worth.
You don’t even need to look hard to find thousands of inspiring women doing amazing things while completely disregarding the huffing and puffing of patriarchy.
Take, for example, engineer, physician, NASA astronaut AND dancer Mae Jemison or Julia Taylor Cheek who’s disrupting the screeching medical testing industry with her company EverlyWell, or 15-year-old Reyhan Camalova who founded a company—Rainergy—that harvests energy from rainwater.
The road may be bumpy, but it’s our Hero’s Journey and they are just lucky to watch.
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