Studies show that your typical elementary school girl is pretty amazing: confident, assertive, unafraid to say what she thinks, and full of positive feelings about herself and the world around her. The trick is to keep her that empowered for the rest of her life. And it turns out that the secret is to simply let her be herself. Over the past year, “girl power” has become a phrase more widely known and proudly used. Girl power has been positively represented by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez and their “squads.” Groups of very successful girls who are all best friends and want nothing more than to see each other succeed. We can say that is because of their efforts and continued support from the externals.
Here in Africa, we have seen the likes of; Winnie Mandela, Yaa Asantewa, Rebecca Mitchell, Miriam Makeba, Wangari Maathai, Gloria Muliro, Lupita Nyongo and much more coming out of the possible imaginable courses to overcome the challenging environments. We have those who championed different aspects of Girl child in societal myths undermining the possibility, power, and ability of a woman. Girl power is more than an image of self-confidence. Girl power is also about empowering other women to be the best they can be. It’s about putting jealousy and envy aside and commending other women for their hard work as America Georgine Ferrera notes. Let us focus on Ferrera.
America Georgine Ferrera *born April 18, 1984,* is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company’s comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.) You can read more of her bio through Wikipedia. She is an example of women who have taken their place in the society though through hardships.
Nothing is more inspiring than seeing women work together to fight for equality. Growing up as an athlete, somebody may always have told you: “You kick pretty hard for a girl” or, “You’re pretty tough for a girl,” as if being a girl automatically made it impossible for someone to be good at something other than playing house. In this, many may have lost hope and goodwill to peruse their goals where those given a chance in the society, overtook their counterparts at ease and so on……..
The source of girl power stems from the ability to appreciate each other’s differences and use them as ammunition against people who think less of us because we are women. As a woman, you also need to stop adding fuel to the fire. As Meg said in the movie “Hercules“: “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.” While it is nice to let a man change the lightbulb or change the oil in your cars, it is so much nicer to do it ourselves. Try things odd or even out of ordinarily a man could do. I have a lady friend who used to be a truck driver and was busily involved in road construction works and also made her counterpart men admire his skills, efforts, capacity, and power. She now drives an ambulance at a certain NGO and she enjoys what she does…
It’s time you stop belittling other women for choosing the married life or for choosing the wildlife. Instead of making them feel like they’re throwing their lives away for getting married so young, why don’t we encourage them and say “You go, girl! You have it together.” Or when a girl chooses to go out and have a few drinks, instead of making them feel irresponsible and dumb you should raise your glass to them because it’s important to treat yourselves. Become the hero you need. Support other women on their journey of self-empowerment. Don’t let them make you small and always remember that another women’s success is not your failure. When one of you succeeds, you all succeed. However, there is a list I compiled for you to consider and become who you were born to be!
- Try to become a boss and don’t just assume you are okay.
- Be aware of your physical fitness.
- Schedule your own, me-time. (enjoy life outcomes or treat yourself)
- Don’t expect perfection — of yourself or those around you.
- Learn to express gratitude and support to those around you.
- Always believe that you will be successful no matter what.
- You, like any man, have to accept taking risks.
- You have to manage your failures and learn from them to succeed.
- Be deeply passionate about what you do, however how challenging or difficult it is.
- Marry well in an acceptable way— or not at all if you feel you are used.
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