During my career, I have worked in many different fields that were mainly dominated by women. Whether it was acting, teaching, fashion, or blogging, I have worked side-by-side with other strong, professional women who were working hard to achieve their dreams. However, just because they work hard, it does not mean they were always playing nice.
By no means I am generalizing all the women I have worked with. I have found so many amazing friends throughout my career that continue to be there to support me and cheer me on. However, I have encountered many women who let their competitive drive get the better of them and lean towards putting someone down to lift themselves up. I have witnessed superiors condone and promote this type of behavior rather than seeing it as a problem. On the other hand, I have also seen leadership lead with praising others and lifting them up. I believe it is so much more powerful to praise the women by your side. It’s important to lead by example.
As a blogger, I have been involved in the blogging community. The job is constantly changing everyday and is still evolving. We have a big opportunity in the blogging field to create a positive, supportive network together. We have the chance to make it a welcoming industry where women can express themselves. We can come together and support each other.
This is such a pivotal time for women right now. We have the opportunity to create a better future for all of us. I am so proud of the women who are breaking through their tired confines and using their voices for good. Lets band together and bring each other up rather than push each other down. We need to use our power to build a strong, supportive community together.
5 Ways to Empower Each Other:
- Share genuine, positive advice with each other.
- Compliment one another. Challenge: compliment someone every day next week.
- Introduce your friends to each other and create a strong group of women. Start a book club or host a potluck.
- Offer constructive criticism.
- Network together.
Written By: Rachel Hope of The Concrete Blonde