“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent “- Eleanor Roosevelt

The quote from Eleanor Roosevelt speaks volumes. It holds true today as it did than, and it should be ingrained in the minds of girls and women everywhere. The future is ours and we need to own it. We need to take what Eleanor Roosevelt said those many years ago, and continue to strengthen our minds and never let anyone tell us we can’t accomplish our dreams. The world has changed and is still changing, and women are going to be at the forefront of these changes; and we need to continuously evolve and work together.

On January 21st, 2017, there was a historic march that took place (FYI: this is not a political post). This was a march that took place ALL over the world, in 7 continents, estimated at around 4.6 million people globally and it was called the Women’s March on Washington. The key point to the title of the march is women. The reasons why people marched varied all over the spectrum, but what you saw was women of all different backgrounds coming together as one, peacefully, to express what they believed in and the world heard it all. I do understand that children and men obviously participated as well, which is awesome, but the core focus here is that women wanted to be heard and they wanted to do it together; that’s empowerment. We are not a perfect gender and this is not supposed to reflect that. However, giving the example of the recent march shows that we can be heard and that people will listen and we can do it in a peaceful, productive manner.

Empowerment starts within ourselves and you have to believe in who you are as an individual first before anything else. As Eleanor Roosevelt stated, "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent", but that’s including yourself. If you don’t believe in the ability of what you can accomplish in all aspects of your life then you are giving others permission to look at you the same way. Embrace your perfect imperfections and show others to do the same and it will be life changing. The women’s march showed that we can come together with our strengths and weaknesses and women need to continue to work together and not against each other. That has always been a struggle amongst both genders, but particularly with women. That is changing and getting better, but we still have a lot to work on.

Empowerment has no meaning either without education. Education is important for everyone, but it is particularly important with young girls and women. The education I’m speaking of is not just one that comes from getting a college degree, but one that comes from stepping outside the boundaries of your world and seeing those of others. This can come from volunteering, reading books outside your comfort zone, learning about different countries, traveling and so much more. One of the most eye opening books I have read of recent was called, Half the Sky; turning oppression into Opportunity for Women worldwide, and it gives you an almost life changing perspective of what we face today. It makes you realize the power of education, especially amongst women, and how it changes the lives of girls and women who at one point saw no other future than one ending in tragedy. Education is empowerment.

The future has never been brighter and will continue to be so by the empowerment of us women and what we can help accomplish in this world. Let’s continue to work together with our strengths and weaknesses, and never back away from what we truly believe in.

Author: Bonnie K Meyer
I'm an Air Force veteran born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Single-mother raising two beautiful children, avid runner and believes in the inner strength of the soul and that you can do anything you put your mind to. Future goals are in continuing my involvement in empowering women and our youth to build a strong, bright, and equal future for all.
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