The Characteristics Of An Empowered Woman (part 2)
Empowerment for women is a journey.
We don’t wake up one day suddenly ‘empowered.’ It is a process that happens over time, as we gain in confidence in the things we do and the decisions we make.
There are those who are not empowered and probably won’t be, because they don’t see they are not empowered or don’t see the need to be or don’t do anything about becoming empowered.
But most women do want to be empowered, to be in control of their choices and what they do.
A powerful example of a disempowered woman in today’s world is one who cannot tell me how much money her husband earns, what superannuation they have and that if she wants to do something menial (such as go to the hairdresser or get a new dress) she is not allowed to do that without asking him first.
Note that she has no free choice here, cannot make the decisions she wants to alone and by not knowing what money they have (or not), has limited her options, given her fewer choices and she is left powerless. Disempowered.
But once you follow the 12 characteristics of empowered women outlined above (you may need help to do so), you are on our way to becoming empowered. And what a wonderful, liberating experience that is.
A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.’
There are many examples of empowered women.
- Oprah Winfrey. She came from a very poor and disadvantaged background and was anything but empowered as a child and in her younger life, but she has all the characteristics now mentioned above. My favourite women’s empowerment quote of hers is;
‘Whatever you fear most has not power – it’s your fear that has the power.’
- Estee Lauder, founder of a beauty and perfumery line empire. My favourite quote of hers is;
‘I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.’
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. She says:
‘We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.’
All women can work towards being empowered
You can be empowered too. It’s not just the lucky, or the rich and famous. It’s everyday women like you and me, who can live a wonderful and happy life if we go out and get it. But you have to DO something to achieve it. Do it today!
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