Did you know that in 1918 the British parliament voted in the Representation of The People Act? …which gave (some) women a voice in politics for the very first time. Much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the passing of this legislation left much to be desired. The voting process was still skewed to favor the wealthy but it was a hard-won step in the right direction.

This feat was the direct result of years of tireless and passionate political activism by the suffragette movement and the immense personal sacrifices they endured to show the world that women had a voice worth listening to. Although pretty far from a move toward a feminist utopia, it was one of the most famous and historic examples of female empowerment the world has seen.

With many battles left to fight (we still have a gender pay gap that economists predict could take centuries to close), how can a woman empower herself – and those around her – to speak up and get involved, in an increasingly impersonal and digital 21st century? …where accusations of fake news and manipulative political and social messages desensitize us to the real issues?

she is conscious of where & how her money is spent

The legendary Sylvia Pankhurst once said:

“I am going to fight capitalism even if it kills me. It is wrong that people like you are well fed when all around you people are starving”.

There are many things we can’t change individually. But, there are ways to make a difference in our day-to-day lives. As women, we can still address the exploitations and inequalities of capitalism that happen all around us.

We can:

  • choose to only buy from ethical and responsible companies
  • favor small women-owned businesses over exploitative big business
  • purchase clothes from conscious companies and avoid poor labor practices and speak out against the human rights horrors that exist in sweatshops around the world
  • build wealth through homeownership and use a reputable legal firm like RealLawState to make sure that we don’t get taken advantage of during the buying process. 

she uses her voice & influence

We live in an age where technology gives us the freedom to share our grievances with the world. It is our right and responsibility to raise awareness of the plight of women all over the world. The recent #metoo movement exposed a tremendous amount of violators and abusers. That type of impact and momentum wouldn’t have been possible without social media and women banding together to show support and solidarity.

I’m not suggesting that you turn your social media presence into a platform for social and political activism. But, I am saying to not stay quiet on issues that concern or affect you and your community. You have the ability to empower efforts that will improve the lives of women everywhere. Use your voice and your influence to make a positive impact.

she creates her own opportunities

We’ve come a long way toward creating equality in the workplace, but there’s still much more to do. We still only make about 78 cents for every dollar that men make – in almost every occupation. Shockingly, this even includes jobs in women-led fields like nursing. And although these statistics are still cringe-worthy in this day-and-age, we are not discouraged. We are paving our own way. From pursuing non-traditional career paths and furthering their education to starting our own small businesses, we’re creating our own opportunities and empowering others to do the same along the way.

It’s important that we invest in furthering the cause of equal rights for women. We can’t fix or correct every disparity overnight. So, it’s important that we don’t get so busy in our daily lives that we stop the conversation. Do your part to keep the dialogue going. Remember, even if you’re not leading a cause, you can help, support, and participate in the efforts of others.