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My Two Cents: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

My Two Cents: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

In recent times, it seems that the women’s conversation has become more fragmented and divided than ever before. Left pitted against right, conservative vs. liberal, stay-at-home-mom and traditionalist vs. progressive careerist, etc. There are those leaning in and others opting out. There are those fighting for change and others whose sense of identity is found in the security of the status quo. Increasingly, people on all sides are both quick to label and quick to judge, often without full  facts, understanding and/or merit. After all, we each view the world through the lens of our own values and experience, and until we stand in another’s shoes, it’s often difficult to shift or consider another perspective. To some, the word ‘feminist’ has become a word of liberation, symbolic of autonomy, equality and the freedom of choice, while to others, it conjures up something altogether different — a feeling often tinged with anger, hate and fear for what it might represent and how it might disrupt the status quo. For some, the women’s movement represents a...

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Showing Your Scars: How Vulnerability Changed My Business and My Life

Showing Your Scars: How Vulnerability Changed My Business and My Life

Guest Post by Laura Roser Authenticity” seems to be a buzzword these days. “Just be yourself,” the advice goes. You’ll see the theme in bookstores, gift shops, online and spouted from the lips of countless gurus. Just yesterday, I was browsing at a clothing store and came upon a T-shirt with the phrase “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken,” printed in black letters across the front. And a little part of me wanted to vomit. Why? Because, like so many things, authenticity is being cheapened by the mere popularity of it. The truth is, being authentic doesn’t come from wearing a T-shirt with an obvious phrase printed across the front or telling everyone you come into contact with that you have integrity. Authenticity is about action. It’s about quietly, confidently staying true to your values—not for the sake of recognition, because it’s the popular thing, or because Tony Robbins told you to do it. We live in a time where there is a patina of authenticity. People post about...

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Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Guest Post by Belinda Rose Young, MSPH, CPH “What took you years to learn, could take someone else minutes.” This is a quote that encompasses the principles of service and stewardship, which go hand-in-hand. Service includes the actions that you render onto others. While stewardship includes an element of responsibility – it focuses on the duty each person has to ensure that they use and manage their abilities and knowledge well. My parents have been great examples of service and stewardship in their professional and personal lives. Growing up, I was taught to find great joy in giving to others. Being from various Caribbean islands, my parents understood the need for community and what it takes for the entire community to advance – service. There is a famous song in Jamaica, where a lot of my family is from, called “No Man is an Island.” The beginning of the song starts like this: “No man is an island, no man stands alone Each man’s joy is joy to me...

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My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

Guest Post by Silvija Mitevska I began flying with paragliders at the age of fifteen. It all happened so quickly; on a family vacation in August I was introduced to the paragliding instructor, in September I joined the local paragliding club for a try-out session and two weeks later I had my first flight. I flew only twenty meters above the ground, but it felt like I was high in the sky. I looked from above at the yellowish grass swaying gently, moved  by the wind coming from the east. I carefully circled around two tall trees next to a dried riverbed and landed softly on my feet. My whole body was shaking; it was not from fear but from true excitement. I had just experienced the feeling of complete freedom. I took off my gloves, my helmet and my flying suit and started jumping from happiness. I couldn’t believe that I was in the air by myself. I, the girl who never went out from her home-town could fly....

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My Two Cents: Celebrating the Season!

My Two Cents: Celebrating the Season!

This year has been one to remember, filled with opportunities to expand our message, both locally and around the world. During the first quarter, I took a break from the project and dove head-first into global advocacy and communications work with the EmpowerWomen team in preparation for the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN headquarters in New York. It was an exciting time that led to new connections and collaborations in support of women’s empowerment around the world, while providing an opportunity to elevate the conversation on why character counts when it comes to empowerment, leadership, and the advancement of women and girls. Old friendships were strengthened and new friendships forged, united by a shared commitment to the principles of the Global Girls Project and a common vision for what’s possible in the future. At a time when when there is still so much work to be done, we are grateful for the opportunity to do our part — sharing stories from all corners of the world that not...

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The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

Guest post on the strength of empowered women to empower men, by international development specialist, humanitarian and human rights activist, Gesù Antonio Báez There’s a question that really bothers me that is unceasingly asked to ambitious women; how will you do it all? The “all” implying she will be both mother, wife and career driven superstar which somehow seems not reasonable….to do it “all”. I don’t get it. I’ve rarely seen such a question presented to leading male professionals and I’m sure there are a plethora of them who juggle their careers in addition to their role as husbands and father. Yet society never asks this of men and by reiterating their question to women, we subconsciously indicate how we don’t expect women to become leaders and “Mavericks” in the boardroom. Women are needed in leadership roles as it is vital in order to eliminate antiquated gender roles which society has tattooed on the general psyche of this generation. We cause a great injustice to ourselves if we doubt and...

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Building a Lasting Legacy

Building a Lasting Legacy

Interview with Laura Roser, Founder and CEO of Paragon Road, on Building a Lasting Legacy for Generations to Come  [Editor’s Note: This past year I had the pleasure of being introduced to Laura Roser by a mutual friend and colleague, Bill Littlejohn, CEO of Sharp Hospital Foundation, both of whose work reflects the core values of the Global Girls Project. While many of the stories in this legacy series focus on the intergenerational aspect of legacy, particularly between grandmothers, mothers and daughters, in this interview, Laura offers a fresh perspective on how each of us, regardless of our familial history, traits or relationships, can take personal responsibility for building our own legacy of leadership through our daily choices and actions. It is this sense of personal accountability that is at the core of personal empowerment, enabling each of us to not only realize our own leadership potential, but to help pave a path of opportunity for future generations to come.]  (Sharon): What does the term legacy mean to you?  (Laura): To me, the term “legacy”...

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