Empowerment is fear transformed. From the #MeToo movement and women’s marches all over the world to the fight for gender equality and social justice, women are liberated and empowered with solidarity in the modern era. They have shined a light on the problems women are faced with in today’s society. They have tried their hardest to advocate and bring change to the word by strengthening and empowering women. Here are the brightest examples:
She is an entrepreneur working in fashion and media and the founder of THE TRIBE™, a global collective for empowering and celebrating women. Samata is committed to bringing positive change into every field she operates in and influences. She is also the author of the simple, yet extremely powerful THE TRIBE™ Empowerment Journal. Seeing how women often forget who they are and rarely feel like being themselves is enough, Samata was motivated to write a daily morning journal that aims to help women be kinder to themselves about themselves and each other.
As women, we are under way too much pressure and we don’t celebrate ourselves enough. That is why this thoughtfully designed journal was written. Its mission is to steer your mindset towards healthy inner and outer appreciation. This bag-sized journal is filled with not only thought-provoking self-care content. It also inspiring quotes, mind maps and a space designed for intentions and reflections. By writing down one thing you are celebrating about yourself every day. You are giving a nod to your past achievements, you will quieten your doubtful thoughts and be intentional about your day.
Author Samata says “It’s not here to teach women how to be great, it’s here to remind them that they already are.” With engaging stories, empowering lists and interviews with women like NASA’s Stephanie Schierholz, LION Star Priyanka Bose and eco-activist Vandana Shiva, the Empowerment Journal gives women a positive space filled with acknowledgment and encouragement. It helps them realize that who they are is more than enough. It is providing women with a year’s worth of support. The journal tackles self-doubt and honors self-celebration. Its aim is for women to realize their own positive definition of empowerment, gradually and realistically.
Smart Works is a charity organization based in the UK that provides high-quality interview clothing. They also provide interview training, for women in need. They believe that clothes have the power to boost a woman’s confidence. Clothes allow her to be the best version of herself in one of the most important moments of their life.
Skilled and compassionate trained volunteers work with women that are referred to them from organizations such as job centers, prisons, and homeless shelters every day in order to empower women who need it the most and help them succeed and thrive. They are giving them confidence, self-belief and practical tools needed to transform their lives.
Female-owned and ethically made in Malawi, Mayamiko is a fashion brand that was founded by Paola Masperi. It was originally a charity organization that provides opportunities and creative business training to disadvantaged communities in the developing world. However, over time Paola realized that more than help, what women truly wanted was the chance to earn a fair and decent wage. She decided to partner with artisans in Malawi to create Mayamiko.
Today, besides being known for their sustainable fashion practices, the brand is praised for the Mayamiko Trust, which trains and empowers disadvantaged African women and helps them earn a fair, independent living, as well as the Mayamiko Lab. The Lab provides education, skills training, nutrition and sanitation in Malawian communities while promoting Fair Trade practices.
Apart from being a great place for spreading positivity and sharing creative works with the world, Instagram has also become a powerful tool for social advocating and female empowerment, with amazing accounts such as @cleowade. A poet and an artist, Cleo has earned a great following by speaking about social issues from her perspective as a young millennial woman. She has also given several TED talks and the power of her inspirational writing has even earned her the nickname ‘Millennial Oprah’.
The time has come – a new era is here for girls’ and women’s empowerment and these bright examples of strong, influential and powerful women truly show that change is possible.