“Really interesting people first made unpopular choices to be authentic, real, brave, strong, mindful of their own destiny, had the ability to stand out, & shared their different views…” ~ Me
“It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.” ~ Maya Angleou, American Author & Poet & Civil Rights Activist
“The essence of my work, and of me, is the softer side of a strong woman, and that goes into a number of different roles.” ~ Dee Williams, Tiny House Guru & American Author
“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not to be done.” ~ Marge Piercy, American Poet & Novelist & Social Activist
Marge also said, “Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.”
What is a powerful woman??? Why is there a stereo type of being unfeminine if you speak about gender equality issues??? & why does being a “pro-female” female advocating for female leadership make me less “womanly.”
The label of being a “feminist” truly bothers me… I am a “humanist!!!”
I love men. I love men who are manly. I love men who are solid in their character as men. & I love men who appreciate women, children, & other men. I love women. I love women who are womanly. I love women who are solid in their character as women. & I really love (admire, adore, worship, & cherish) women who appreciate MEN, children, & other women.
Strength for men means being muscular, sturdy, rugged, tough, powerful, athletic, strapping, etc. Strength for men means validity in their thoughts, business goals, & pursuits. Strength for men means something… “He is a strong man.” ~ This statement means that men, as males, have value in society.
Strength for a woman means being able to do things men cannot do… Being able to carry a child, the ability to give the gift of life, the ability to feed her child, the ability to allow human emotions to rule our mindsets. Strength for a woman means being emotionally present, passionate, relevant, vital, connected to those around her, & has the ability to withstand the pressures of society to let men rule with an iron fist. Strength for a woman means something… “She is a strong female.” ~ This statement means that women, as females, have value in society.
Men were given the gift of physical strength yet women were given the gift of emotional strength. Together, God created men & women to be a balance in the world. One with purpose, men & women have value in an eternal perspective. & united, men & women can change the world in amazing ways… It takes each gender to create a village. It takes our genders uniting with passion, purpose, & mindfulness of each other’s talents to create harmony. & it takes teaching the next generation to listen without gender bias to propel our world into global peace.
The global perspective is “humanist” ~ Watch this video to be inspired.
This week, Emma Watson and Forest Whitaker launched the first #HeForSheArtsWeek to bring together artistic institutions in the pursuit of gender equality. Watch part of their intimate conversation held at The Public Theater on #IWD2016.
Posted by UN Women on Friday, March 11, 2016
In the past year, I’ve gone from using my teeny tiny voice on a blah blah blog… To having an enormous web presence. I don’t say it to brag… I say it because it means I have an obligation, a moral responsibility, to speak with a powerful voice & a strong message. It has been harshly said by the women who critique me & men who judge me that I’m powerful & strong… & these labels are meant to degrade, bully, & belittle my accomplishments. I don’t feel strong or powerful. In fact, most days I feel quite little & ordinary. In reality… I’m just a woman with a mindset for equality. I’m just a writer with an avenue for sharing an opinion. & I’m just a believer in the path which God created for me… When I write, I ask a humble prayer: “God give me your words & I will give you my voice.” & then I type & magic happens… Readers FEEL something. Readers link their own thoughts & life experiences to something they read & they act upon their inspired feelings to change the reality, path, & journey in their own lives. Readers & I become attached in a symbiotic relationship of sharing, changing, & becoming more together as a collective group. The relationship between readers/writers is equal to the relationship of men/women. One is necessary for the other…
“The ideas is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ” ~ Maya Angelou
A strong woman is a tenacious woman. She is firm in her commitment to being the best version of herself that she can possibly be. She is steadfast in the pursuit of an education. She is unwavering in her dedication to her higher-power (God) & regularly seeks spiritual guidance from her higher-power to navigate her path and her journey. She is patient with herself in her progress towards her goals, has realistic expectations of her limits, & uses her talents to promote the nurturing that is needed in the world. She is fearless in the face of adversity. She is strong-willed, brave, willing to do her part, & willing to stand up in this world as a leader. A strong woman is exactly that… Strong.
She is no less feminine. She is not lower than a man. She is not to be ridiculed, hated, or blamed for the failures of men. She is not to be mocked & discredited as a label of being a “feminist.” She does not take a backseat nor does she demand men to take a backseat to her…
Instead ~ She is comfortable being BESIDE the men in society & feels equal in her abilities to manage businesses, supervise employees, direct political agendas, guide public policy, influence the next generations’ thoughts, impact world leaders, challenge the things which need to be changed, maintain her balance & her unique perspective, & relies on the her sense of self-awareness as she navigates the demands of being a woman while using her very feminine female voice . The compelling influence of a persuasive woman is what lies within her & is her truest strength.
Men are aswesome. Women are awesome. Both are AWE~Inspiring in their own unique ways.
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