Communities of women have been the cornerstone of society since the beginning of time.
Sometimes, the overlooked or neglected cornerstone, but still an integral part of the fabric of humanity nonetheless.
It’s so important that there be places where women can go where they feel safe and supported in discussing all of their struggles and ambitions.
This goes beyond family and friend groups.
Organizations whose primary missions are to empower women need to be given regular recognition.
For more information on these check out this article on Mental Floss.
I was disappointed to discover that the first two articles I came across when researching for this post completely negated talking about WHY communities dedicated to furthering the involvement of women in positions of leadership are so essential.
One article was disguised as a “tips for creating a women empowerment group” but was actually a chocolate candy advertisement!
The other, completely dismissed the societal disparities that make it more difficult for women to succeed in business than men by claiming fundamental human fears like “failing” were exclusive to women and explicitly stated that “family life” and low esteem hold women back in the work place.
Whether or not it was intended by the authors, these articles completely dismissed the concerns of women in modern society.
I would even venture to say that these articles are complicit in furthering a culturally homogenized and offensively stereotypical view of women’s needs.
No, we don’t need to be more fearless.
No, we don’t need to be told that we can’t both be caregivers in our home life and successful entrepreneurs.
And no, we definitely don’t need to be subjected to anymore repressive marketing schemes.
Thank u, business mogul for your insight and small town blogger for all things Dove– next.
But for every misguided attempt to draw attention to women in business, and supportive communities where women can thrive, there are many more that drive the point home.
If you’re reading this blog and wondering, what can I do? How can I contribute?
I want you to know that girl squads don’t have to by synonymous with pop singers.
You can get your female friends and colleagues together to discuss your current academic or professional pursuits (for many of you both) and find local women’s groups in your area that also support a dialogue between women and their communities.
In my hometown of Wallingford, CT our local recreation center has an active women’s group. My college campus also has many support groups, clubs, and opportunists for students to talk about social justice and empowerment.
Remember that your voice matters. And know that your gender doesn’t (or shouldn’t) define the parameters of your success.
Women, women of color especially, and transgender women specifically, are massively underrepresented in politics, business, research, and positions of leadership.
Even though women make up more than half the U.S. workforce, earn more than 60% of the bachelors and master’s degrees awarded in the country each year– we make up only 8.1% of top earners in the country.
Women make up more than 80% of consumer spending in the U.S., yet only 3% are creative directors of advertising.
Jaw = floor.
Check out the link I provide here for more of these jarring stats.
If you don’t know where to start when forming a community of likeminded individuals committed to social justice, start by opening a dialogue.
Simple discussion is enough to turn the mind’s wheels, creating inspired thoughts, thoughts that lead to action, and that action insights change.
Share this blog post with a woman who inspires you.
Be well xx.