by Rebecca Hughes, Girl Talk Ambassador
It’s International Women’s Day, and this year I could not be more excited to be a young woman! This day is celebrated to eliminate discrimination against women. It also honors historical accomplishments made by women. Throughout history, women have been denied equal rights. Susan B. Anthony was one of the first women to rally for voting rights. Voting is now a given to all U.S. Citizens above the age of 18, but in the 1800s and earlier, women were subjected to men’s decisions. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree by a college. Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean . All these women have paved the way for me and you, and today of all days, I am eternally grateful. Their accomplishments deserve so much more than a single day, and this year, Girl Talk aims to celebrate by creating a social media challenge with #MyGirlPowerLooksLike .
The definition of girl power is an attitude of independence, confidence, and empowerment among young women. Girl power is incredibly strong and can take on many different shapes and forms. When people use the phrase “ like a girl,” I am happy to show them that doing anything like a girl has the exact same power as doing something like a man.
For me, girl power has deep ties with encouraging other women. Girls that support other girls and help them achieve their goals makes me so happy. I have seen what can happen when a young girl doesn’t receive the support they need, and feeling supported can make such a difference in a girl’s confidence and security. Without positive reinforcement, from what I have seen, girls feel doubtful and under-valued. Especially for myself, a small word of encouragement from a friend or advisor can mean the world and let me know that I am on the right track. Lending a hand to others can change someone’s day immensely. These morals encompass the principles of International Women’s Day.
Together, we can make a difference, no matter how small we feel. Today, let’s feel strong and united as we continue to conquer battles as our predecessors so gracefully taught us how. They have made extensive progress successfully, but we need to continue to pave the way for ourselves so that the girls that come after us will recognize overcoming battles is a common thread throughout the ages of women.