We’ve said it before, but it’s definitely worth repeating: Women have been through a lot, and they continue to be bombarded with societal expectations and restrictions that hold them back. The barrage of glass ceilings can often feel neverending, but women continue to rise above the limits set before them. Though women take back their power more and more each day — a feat that’s by no means easy — there’s still so much work left to do.
Today, we’re doing our part to show our love for every woman: We’re listening and lifting their voices. Here’s what it means to be a woman, from the lightworkers leading the charge toward freedom.
On women taking charge.
“[The highest vision for my work is] to see a level playing field for women — across business, politics, and society. I truly believe that many of society’s ills would be eradicated with more women in charge. That’s been brought to light with the pandemic and looking at the commonalities between the countries that were getting a handle on it versus the ones who weren’t.” — Dee Poku, founder of WIE
On Black women’s mental health.
“One of my biggest initiatives is that I want one-on-one therapy for Black women to be free, and to be not just from whomever. I wanted it to be from highly-ranked, top-rated Black therapists, giving therapy to Black women. So in our first session, I had a therapist facilitate a conversation and I was like, ‘I want the girls to ask anything, like it was just an open floor.’” — Elyse Fox, founder of Sad Girls Club
On women reclaiming their bodies.
“This body that has gotten through abuse, has seen me through motherhood, and held me through heartbreak. She deserves to be seen [and] provided the same love and tenderness that she gives me, daily. So, standing in front of the mirror, or stepping in front of a camera to admire my stretch marks and thick thighs; to take in the arch of my feet and back; [or] to admire the softness of my skin and belly has created a celebration within the both of us.” — Brianne Patrice, founder of TwentyNine Thirty
On women healing their relationship to money.
“Women are told, again and again, a series of money lies. We first hear some of these lies as children. They continue through to when we are knocking on the door to the C-suite. Yet, nothing bad happens when women have more money. Nothing. Literally nothing. Women are definitely better off with more money. In fact, even just taking action on money — even small moves like saving more or beginning to invest — are the number-one drivers of confidence in their futures.” — Sallie Krawcheck, founder of Ellevest
On women being unapologetic.
“I’m inspired by the work of Black women across all verticals. Women who are unapologetically themselves and use their unique talents to change the world for the better.” — Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, founder of Hike Clerb
On women supporting women.
“When one woman rises in her inner power, she paves the way for her sisters to do so as well. When we heal as a collective, we join together in a powerful oneness and support each other with surreal care and nourishment. When we join as one, we are a force to be reckoned with — and [we all] simply cannot be prey to the toxic patriarchy anymore. Our solidarity and interconnection is our pathway to freedom. But it starts with our inner solidarity and our inner connection first.” — Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author and psychologist
What does it mean to be a woman? Share your experiences in the comments!