Tips For Women Empowerment
As a woman, here are some simple tips and how men can
Value yourself and relationships where you are an
In any relationship, there is going to be give-and-take as
situations and circumstances change, but you should also feel
that, overall, your value in the partnership is equal to that
of your partner's.
Learn how to own your voice and assert your
Pay attention to how women have been socialized to defer to men
in conversations. For all you men, avoid interrupting,
talking over, discrediting or dismissing a woman's
opinion. Studies show that women are more frequently
interrupted than men. Over the course of many conversations,
they get the message that what they have to say is not
necessarily as compelling or valued as what men have to
Identify words and language that communicate gender
Make an effort to consciously change the language so it draws
attention to areas where bias is apparent. Two places to
look for gender bias include position titles that infer gender
and school/employer policies that infer
Speak up about
or sexist images.
Promote sexual harassment policies in your
Focus on the person instead appearance.
To foster a healthier self-image, compliment yourself or other
woman for achievements, thoughts, and
Call attention to media deception.
Expose and understand unrealistic media images for what they
are: retouched, computer-manipulated photos of models-a group
that makes up only a tiny subset of the
Learn how to ask and negotiate for wages and
Know the worth of your job. Education is your best defense.
Research everything you can think of to find the competitive
salary for your job in your region -- employment surveys,
organizations, peers. For a raise, you need
evidence to show your boss that you deserve it. One way
to document your contribution to your company is to keep a job
diary. Every week, or even every day, write down what you did
and how it helped meet the company's objectives. Keep lists or
spreadsheets, because managers like to count things. Remember
that attributes such as positive attitude, willingness to put
in overtime, and quality of work, are essential. Include a few
good stories about your work in the diary to illustrate what
Think about, plan and prepare
Mentors are a great asset. If your company doesn't offer
clear career ladders, research or find a seminar to help you
understand your industry and opportunities.
Encourage risk taking
People develop self-reliance when they're given the space to
solve problems and make mistakes in the
Know and be able to manage your finances.
Start saving for retirement immediately in a career - it will
grow to much more than the same amount if you wait 10 years to
start saving. And keep saving - Social Security doesn't provide the
equivalent of a "living wage" for retirement years. Women
statistically live about six years longer than men, and run a
higher risk of living in poverty as they get older.