Here's To Strong Women: The Importance Of Female Empowerment

Here's To Strong Women: The Importance Of Female Empowerment

May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
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Women's empowerment can include many different things. When you think of women's empowerment, you may think of gender equality, choice, The Women's Movement, self-love, or providing guidance for the women of tomorrow.

Women are very hard on themselves because of the expectations they are striving to live up to. We are always trying to prove ourselves and our worth to the world.

Do we ever take a step back and ask ourselves "Why?"

Equality is about giving women the equal right to make their own choices without judgment. Each and every person has a different outlook on women's empowerment, but the final message is to unite.

Having a voice without consequences is something that is not allowed everywhere. Young girls being able to get an education and become leaders is due to women uniting as one.

Self-love is the prioritizing of themselves and their needs to live life in their own way. Social norms, rules, and other people's expectations do not need to run their lives.

Providing guidance to young girls before they hit the adult stages in life can help make a brighter future for them. At any age, women are jealous of other women. It is bound to occur at any stage of life because of the pressure we put on them.

Women are raised to grow up in environments where they are taught to be polite, demure, and compliant. With empowerment, we push young girls and women to stand their ground and be strong as well.

I would like to discuss our everyday occurrences with many different females in this world. As women, our instinct is to prove to the world that we are the typical "perfect, strong woman." However, that is not always true.

When women hurt other women, we are declining as a whole.

We need to not trash talk the girl who is cheating on her husband. Instead, we need to open our ears and listen to her, maybe that is all she needs. We do not need to call another women ugly based on her outfit. We need to accept her for who she is.

ALL of us women experience pain, heartbreak, and weakness.

ALL of us women experience that time of the month.

ALL of us women look in the mirror and see different things.

Although there are similarities, there are differences too. But, what is most important is that we ALL unite.

When you see a random stranger wearing an outfit you like, smile at that women and tell her you like her outfit. When you see a young girl smiling at you, smile back, she is looking up to you. These are just two examples of ways WE can be the change on a daily basis for our gender.

The best part about women empowerment is putting your differences, races, and views aside, but uniting as one for our womanhood.

As I grew past the middle school and high school stages, I do see an importance for women empowerment starting at a young age. Teaching young girls to compliment their kindergarten BFF's shirt can be a start.

I have seen so many girls cry over the same things. Especially at my age. Boys, college exams, horrible managers, mean girls, the list goes on forever. So why would we be jealous and nasty to each other, when we can unite as one?

When women support each other, incredible things happen.

XOXO, Girl Power.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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I Don't Have To Wear Makeup To Be Beautiful

You don't have to, either.

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For about as long as modern makeup/cosmetics/skincare brands have been around, the notion that women have to use any of these cosmetic products to be considered "beautiful" has also been around.

(If you've read my earlier article about red lipstick giving me my confidence back, you would know that I absolutely adore certain skincare/makeup products.)

However, I personally don't believe that I need to wear any kind of makeup to be considered "beautiful." And you don't, either.

I think that we, as a society, have seriously overvalued aesthetic beauty and undervalued the beauty that comes from being a decent, honest, genuine, and kind person. I believe that while makeup has an incredible and transformation-giving effect on women, (and men too, just for the record), that none of us honestly should depend on x, y, and z products to make us feel that we are beautiful, or that our self worth and sense of self should be tied up in how many likes a selfie of us in a full face of makeup get.

And quite frankly, there is so much to love about our makeup free, naturally glowing skin that so many of us hide, simply because society would love to tell us that we're not beautiful, or pretty, or worth very much at all if we don't use [insert new trendy skincare product here].

Well, excuse my French, but I'm calling bull.

It's not okay for any of us to think of ourselves as less than, simply because we're not following those crazy and crappy societal trends. In a culture where "Instagram perfect" pictures are the ideal that every woman, or man, is expected to look up to, I'd say it's pretty revolutionary to dare to bare a fresh-faced look.

No one has to ever feel the need to compulsively put on makeup to be considered "beautiful."

Because, in all reality, makeup can't measure the kind of person you are.

Makeup/skincare products can't measure your kindness, your generosity, your bravery in the face of adversity, or any other kickass quality that you might have. Makeup can't do that; only what's inside of you, if brought out for the world to see, can do that. And yes, I'm well aware of how cliché and "junior high preachy" that sounds.

So, I hope this article will possibly spark some introspective thoughts on what beauty means to you. I hope you start to think about the fact that who you are as a person is not defined by how "attractive" or "beautiful" someone else might tell you you are.

You define who you are as a person, nobody else has that power.

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