There are quite a few ways to describe an empowered woman. Depending on who she is, what she wants in life, and how she expresses herself, a woman’s definition of what makes her feel empowered is likely unique to her.
According to the 2019 McKinsey study Women in the Workplace, the number of women in executive positions climbed by 4% from 2015 to 2018, rising from 17% to 21%.
According to the United Nations report Women’s Empowerment and Business: 2020 Trends and Opportunities, 68 per cent of corporations consider themselves dedicated to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN).
Access to the labour market, family reconciliation, salary disparities, and the glass ceiling, on the other hand, remain serious issues.
- Did you know that only 6% of female professionals hold CEO roles, according to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index study from 2020?
- And although accounting for half of the workforce, only 18.2 per cent of women hold positions on boards of directors or in company leadership, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report (2020).
The good news is that the fight is not over! Each woman is responsible for continuing to do the work it takes to become empowered; it all starts within the individual.
Examples Of Empowered Women
Many female professionals throughout history have served as role models for female empowerment:
- Rosalind Franklin (mother of the DNA chain)
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is an encouraging example at the corporate level, who uses every opportunity to emphasise the need to incorporate women at all levels of the organisation.
- Marie Curie (discoverer of radium and polonium)
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Supreme Court Justice
- Lucille Ball, the first female CEO of a major production company
- Abigail Johnson – Chairman & CEO, Fidelity Investments
- Kamala Harris – first female vice president of the United States
- Michelle Obama – the former first lady, has become a global symbol of female emancipation
- Political advocates like Emmeline Pankhurst and Clara Campoamor
- Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for defending women’s civic rights
- Artists and creators like Frida Kahlo and Coco Chanel
Consider the following aspects that can make a woman empowered.
Aspect 1: She understands what’s happening in her life.
An empowered woman may have an excellent understanding of everything in her life. She may have a lot on her calendar, but she knows exactly what’s going on and has excellent control over how she spends her time.
Aspect 2: She accepts herself for everything she is – flaws and all.
An empowered woman understands that she’s made of many parts. Some parts of herself are her strengths, and she knows she can use these to find success and happiness.
Other parts of herself may be her flaws and weaknesses. While she realises these are parts of herself that might slow her down or require some improvement, she accepts them as a part of the larger picture of who she is. An empowered woman knows she can still find happiness and success despite her flaws, so she embraces them as a part of what makes her who she is.
Aspect 3: She takes her goals step by step.
An empowered woman knows she can reach even her biggest and wildest goals if she finds a way to take them to step by step. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the aspect of trying to reach a significant goal, she understands that she can take small steps to make consistent progress toward it.
Aspect 4: She congratulates and uplifts other people.
An empowered woman knows that giving others congratulations and support is one of the best ways to create even more empowered people. She doesn’t allow jealousy to take over when she sees another person doing well and succeeding – instead, she congratulates them and encourages them to keep up the excellent work. An empowered woman knows that spreading positivity is a massive benefit for everyone!
Aspect 5: She feels respected by the other people closest to her in life.
An empowered woman surrounds herself with supportive people who respect and believe in her. Rather than bringing herself down with negative naysayers, the empowered woman spends her time around other like-minded, positive folks who respect her, believe in her, and want to see her succeed.
Aspect 6: She embraces her unique strengths, talents, and skills.
An empowered woman knows she can use her unique personal set of strengths, talents, and skills to benefit herself and others. When given a chance to use one of her talents or skills for good, she jumps at the opportunity to make a difference with what she does best.
Aspect 7: She knows she can always make a good choice.
An empowered woman understands that she has the power to steer herself in a good direction in life. One of the ways she can do this is by making good choices that support her goals and needs in life.
Rather than feeling swayed by poor choices, an empowered woman knows that every choice she faces is an opportunity to improve herself and move a little closer to her goals.
Aspect 8: She knows she can embrace new knowledge and experiences.
An empowered woman values learning and new experiences. Rather than staying the same, the empowered woman feels compelled to chase after new experiences and knowledge. She is hungry to learn more and better understand the world around her.
- Know who you are
- Embrace ambition
- Believe in yourself – self-efficacy
- Be confident
- Control your own life – autonomy
- Be self-driven
- Be assertive
- Be yourself
- Boost your self-confidence
- Get out of your comfort zone and try something new