I was tagged by Kat from Femenish to take part in the Women Empowerment tag. I love what it’s all about so decided to give it a go!
Create a Women Empowerment Tag post on your blog and answer these five questions. (Feel free to use the pictures attached in this post for your own post!)
- What does women empowerment mean to you?
- What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
- Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
- Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
- What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
Then tag 5 inspirational, powerful women to do the same.
Link your post to https://mylifelines.co/women-wednesday-women-empowerment-tag
1. What does women empowerment mean to you?
For me, it means women having the freedom to be the badasses we are, without getting a hard time for it. It’s being treated with respect when we share our thoughts and ideas. You know, being able to speak our minds and express emotion without some idiot saying “is it that time of the month?” or being labelled a “b*tch”.
2. What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
In my personal life, my mum and my sister. My mum is one of the most resilient people I know. No matter what life throws at her, she somehow manages to bounce back. As for my sister, she’s fierce and independent. I’ve always admired that about her.
Beyond that, Michelle Obama. I love the fact she stood up in her own right beside Barack Obama, rather than hiding in the shadows behind him. She had people, projects and things which she was passionate about, and she used her role as First Lady to really make a difference.
3. Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
It’s going to be vague, but it’s a story I’ve read a lot of the last few months, in various different forms. When I see the women who have turned blogging into a full time career, that’s amazing to me. Not only because of the amount of work it takes, but because they usually have inspirational reasons for doing so. Some of them hated their jobs, some wanted more time with their kids. Taking things in to their own hands, sometimes having to work on it on the side for YEARS, and being able to now do something they love is truly admirable to me. The very thought of them having a moment where they decided “this isn’t enough for me” and acting on it screams empowerment.
4. Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
Be nice – but not too nice. I think there’s an association with being a leader and being tenacious, but it’s entirely possible to be a gentle leader. You don’t have to be overbearing and forceful, you can guide people in the right direction. There’s no harm in telling people they’ve done a good job, rather than being cold and aloof. The important thing is to make sure your kind nature isn’t manipulated and becomes a weakness rather than a strength.
5. What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
For me, this will always be mental illness and, more specifically, encouraging people to get help for it. There are a list of organisations in the U.K. who can help here. So many people seem to have the attitude that they just need to muddle through, or that people will think less of them if they admit things aren’t right. I was the same way. I ignored it and desperately hoped it would just go away. But it only got worse.
I’m not suggesting there’s only one way to come through the other side, but I’m definitely saying you shouldn’t settle for it. Reach out to someone – anyone you’re comfortable with – and take the first step. It’s hard. It’s really hard, and your heart will break as you say it out loud, but it will be a turning point.
Tagging five of my favourite ladies: