Search for influential women who empower society and you’ll find exceptional women like Oprah, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and so many more.
And that made me wonder…what about everyone else??? What about the many women that don’t have the same platform but are just as impactful?
Let me share a story of a woman who didn’t make the news or rank on google search, but has empowered me and so many others…
But first, what exactly does empowerment mean?
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary states: empowerment is “the act or action of empowering someone or something:the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties” and the Oxnard English dictionary defines it as: “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”
Just think this for a moment…empowerment is “the act or action of empowering someone or something” or “the process of becoming stronger and more confident.” When I break it down, every woman I know is empowering, and EVERY woman you know is empowering!!!
I am a mother. By now, most of you know that I am a mother. A role very dear to my heart and that of many others…but I am also EVERYTHING else I could possibly imagine. We all are capable of reaching our furthest limits and even beyond…we may be told no a 1,ooo times, but I’ll be damned if that slows down our ability to reach the top. We find solutions, even if we make it up as we go…we find a way to make our choices count and to include others along the way. We sacrifice, we run ourselves ragged, we put ourselves last all because we BELIEVE and know that we will make it to the top of whatever mountain we decide to climb!!!! We’re SMART, we don’t leave people behind, we build each other up, we make a difference, we constantly GIVE BACK!!
I am also a daughter. A daughter born to a mother from a foreign country, where she was forced to stop going to school after the 3rdgrade when both her parents passed away…at the age of 8 years old, she had to make a choice and help take care of her siblings. And, when she arrived in the US in her 20’s she spoke very little English, she was scared and facing a very difficult road. But, that didn’t stop her!!! My mother found a way to forge the path of “becoming stronger and more confident” as she would eventually raise 4 children; maintain a position in the hotel industry for over 20 years, learn how to speak English and Spanish, and now she gets to spend her time retired, enjoying life as a grandmother. This woman, who does not have the platform of a celebrity…has far reached the greatest capacity of “controlling and claiming her rights” and she took us all with her!! She is a simplistic woman, that you only now know, and she has achieved greatness throughout her life. She has shared these monumental moments with me, so that I may share them with you.
Now think about these words…
- “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Whether we fight for equality, the right to be heard, the chance to make a difference…it’s this BEAUTIFUL collaboration of coming together for the same purpose that is our legacy and gift. What we do in this world matters. Who we become, where we’re headed, what we dream of…it all matters.