“We rise by lifting others.”
We have all been empowered by the countless women who worked hard to secure the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. There are many ways to continue their work, from learning about the issues and communicating with your representatives, to volunteering and supporting causes that benefit women, to actively participating in local and national initiatives.
Another important way to honor the women who have paved the way for us is to encourage and support the women around us. Are there women in your workplace or community group who could use an advocate? Maybe they are struggling to find their voice, or simply to be heard. Could you be a mentor to someone who is just starting out? Consider your personal strengths. Perhaps you are good at finance, or writing, or public speaking and you know someone who could benefit from your expertise. Maybe you need help in a particular area but have been hesitant to ask. Ask. You might be pleasantly surprised at how willing someone will be to share their knowledge with you.
You don’t need to look far for stories that will inspire you to inspire others. In your own circle of family and friends, there are women who have faced hardships and made sacrifices for their loved ones. For some, just surviving the day-to-day demands of life can be a struggle. Are there ways you can be there for them? A dear friend of mine has been in treatment for breast cancer for the past year. She has endured many challenges and setbacks and yet remains hopeful and positive. I am inspired by her patience and courage and find myself less likely to complain about insignificant things.
Think about inspiring others by sharing your own story. What obstacles have you overcome that have made you stronger? It’s been said that strong women stand up for themselves. Stronger women stand up for others.