What Empowers You?


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“She believed she could, so she did.” – R.S. Grey

I love this quote. It’s simple and sweet, but delivers a powerful message – we can do anything we put our minds to. Every single person has a voice, an opinion that deserves to be heard. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Women’s empowerment is so important, especially since our society continues to tell us that we’re not as “powerful” as the opposite gender. Why is that?

A quote from Brigham Young reads, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Knowledge is power because it gives you the ability to achieve. The lack of education available for women in certain countries is terrible, to put it lightly (we are so lucky!). However, when someone has the guts to speak out about these issues, they’re immediately labeled and shamed. Feminism has developed such a negative connotation, but by definition, it’s equality for both genders – equal pay, equal opportunities, and equal treatment. If you haven’t seen Emma Watson’s UN speech, you absolutely need to. She elegantly defines what it means to be a feminist and the gender-equality issue.

What exactly is empowerment, anyway?
Empower – to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
Empowerment definitely means different things to different people. To one, it might represent the satisfaction of getting that job. To another, it means the feeling of standing up to a bully. What empowers you? Empowerment could possibly be confused with with superiority, but those are two totally different things. If you feel “superior,” then you think you’re better than that guy next to you. Empowered women are busy making the most of each situation, not comparing themselves to others.

What are “Empowered Women?”
Empowered women make smart decisions because they are informed and knowledgeable. They speak out and let their voice be heard. They stand up for others. They lead by example. They turn their dreams into plans.

How can you feel empowered?
What are you passionate about? Do you feel powerful when doing what you love? To me, that right there is empowerment. Make the most out of each opportunity presented to you and live your dreams! There is no better time than the present.

What empowers you?

 

 

Anne-Elisabeth Baker

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Anne-Elisabeth Baker

Hello there! I'm Anne-Elisabeth, a high school freshman in Texas. My heart belongs to musical theater, cinnamon rolls, and fresh flowers. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to write for the Smart Girls Group and can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!