March is Women’s History Month. An entire month has been set aside to celebrate the struggles and achievements of women throughout the years. And, more specifically, March 8thhas been designated International Women’s Day – a day to reflect on women’s rights around the world. It is somewhat appropriate that the month of March was designated in our honor. Merriam-Webster defines the word march as “an act or instance of marching,” with words such as “hike” and “trek” as synonyms. Women have been on a trek toward equality for centuries. From the boardroom to the bedroom, we have been hiking uphill in search of a more empowered life.
But what does empowerment really mean? The dictionary meaning is “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life,” and, if you ask most women, it certainly is a process. We are loaded with self-doubt and more concern for others than ourselves. We fill ourselves with courage, only to walk by a mirror and tear ourselves down. We nurture and care-take, only to let our own best interests fall by the wayside. So, how can we lift ourselves up and create a more confident way of living?
In honor of International Women’s Day, here are five words that can help you on your “march” toward empowerment: