It’s international Women’s Day – March 8th. There are many themes around the world: general celebration and respect for women, ending violence against women, equality in the workplace, political equality, or an occasion for men to express their love for women, much like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, the United Nationals supports strong political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide.
I looked for images for this day and was actually rather appalled at all the syrupy, depictions of women with shoes, lipstick, and showing surprise at fancy wrapped packages. I don’t know about you, but those images of women make me cringe just a little inside. Yes, while we may like those trappings of womanhood, deep down we are so much more than that.
I’d love to hear your reaction to this image of International Women’s Day. Personally, I was dismayed, it shows women with shopping bags…really, is that the best we can do? I searched long and hard to find photos (that weren’t copy written) that I could use that depicted a woman who seemed to have a sense of personal power. The one above seems to me to be a woman who knows who she is.
It’s up to us to choose how we want the world to view us. If you want to be seen as a pretty fluff object that’s fine, but I encourage you to find what really drives you deep down and empower yourself to express more of that in the world. In the process we are all enriched. Many of us are out there on the front lines calling attention to the struggles and degradation of women in so many areas, but that’s not for everyone.
I did not write this blog to be an advertisement for the Shield, but as a woman-owned and run business we do have a mission to help empower women in any way we can. Sometimes the simple act of wearing a BioShield can give one the extra energy, and “space” to be more empowered in our lives.
Sometimes as women we struggle to maintain our own energy, our own “space” many of us are highly sensitive to the energies and emotions of others. Oftentimes we take on their pain, fear and other feelings without even knowing it. Here are some additional articles that may give you more insight into this.
What does it mean to you to be an empowered woman?
I strongly believe that the most powerful thing we can do is to empower ourselves to be who we are meant to be and to take that same message to other women and girls. As each of us stands in our power, it gives others the “permission” to do the same. I say permission because sometimes until you have seen that it’s possible you not only don’t believe it, but you don’t think you can do it. When you see other empowered women in some ways it unlocks a powerful force within you that says, “If she can do/be that, then I can too.”
What can you do today that empowers you or others today?