Everyday Ways to Support Women and Girls.
Empowered women empower other women. So today, take a look around you. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, chances are there’s a woman or girl who would benefit from your support. I’ve listed a few ideas to get your wheels turning. See how many ways you might make a difference:
When you’re online
Women are often held to unrealistic standards. This is prevalent on TV and print publications; but social media, in particular, has opened the door to negative comments from men (and sometimes other women) that play into gender bias. If you see someone being bullied or shamed, speak up and politely remind the bully that this is her truth and you applaud her for speaking out.
“If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.”– Michelle Obama
When you’re at work
Well, there are lots of ways you can support the women in your organization but here’s a big one: Share what you know with your female colleagues. Men have had access to “boys clubs” for centuries, so it’s important for women to actively help other women succeed. Did you negotiate a strong financial package? Is there a superior who said or did something inappropriate? By sharing this kind of information, you’re helping women take their rightful places at the leadership table.
“Power is not given to you. You have to take it.”– Beyoncé
When you’re at home
Boys grow up with the majority of powerful role models– from athletes and CEOs to political leaders and superheroes. So if you have a daughter, try to balance the scales by celebrating powerful women whenever you can. Watch TV shows that feature strong women. Encourage non-gender-biased self-expression. Take her to a women’s rally. Or just talk to her about what’s going on around her.
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”– Coco Chanel
When you’re choosing who to do business with
Look for women-owned businesses or ones where women hold the majority of leadership roles. You can get this information online, but a good start is the Women Owned site. Oh yeah, and you can also be selective about where you choose NOT to do business. A quick online search will tell you which businesses do not support women or social justice.
“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” -Serena Williams
When you’re deciding how to vote
By creating a more equitable world for our daughters, mothers, and sisters, we create a better world for everyone. So be sure the candidates you get behind support the things we women care about– equal pay, family leave, better healthcare, paid sick days, campus sexual violence, reproductive rights, support for our Black sisters and more. And it goes without saying… do your part to Get Out the Vote!
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton
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