Since I was a young girl, my parents taught my sisters and I to always be strong, positive examples and to use our voice in a productive way. We were taught that women have always been trying to progress, push forward, and create equality for all and that March is a month we truly get to celebrate that! (Even though we made my dad celebrate it everyday haha). Every year I see it as a reminder that even though life becomes busy and hectic, we still have a voice to make a difference. Here are five ways the women of Spade’s Beauty feel like you can celebrate national women’s history month and make a difference.
Become a positive influence
Positivity is an important and powerful tool in this day and age. We are surrounded and challenged everyday by negativity created by people or difficult situations. It’s definitely easier said than done, but when you become the positive light, you give others the room to do the same. Instead of feeding into the hate we say, “Rise above and spread the love!”
Support other women around you
Overcoming challenges and “pushing through the glass ceiling” can be difficult especially when you don’t have a good support system. The beautiful thing about being a woman is you have a gigantic amount of support! My parents always taught us girls that one voice is just a whisper, but when you feed and encourage that voice, it can change the world. Always offer a helping hand to a sister in need and you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish together instead of against one another.
Celebrate the achievements of your favorite women
Whether she’s a fierce female leader from the past or a pillar within our generations community, let her know she is celebrated! One of the best things in life is feeling amazing and good about our achievements or what we have overcome. Throughout history women have conquered inequality, raised wages and raised the bar for respect and home and in the workplace. There are countless examples for us ladies from Helen Keller, Dorothy Height and Daisy Bates, to Sonia Gandhi and Beyonce; we can look at these amazing women and celebrate their achievements all while leading by example.
Challenge bias and inequality
Now this topic is a tough one for most to talk about let alone act on. Challenging any opinion or view can be intimidating and let’s be honest, a little scary. Some individuals become very defensive while others are more open to listening, either way whenever there is a situation where one’s voice is being taken or quieted (especially in a negative way), there should always be a push back. Now this doesn’t have to become or end in a negative way, even though it might have started that way, it all comes down to how we handle situations and obstacles personally. As women we should always lead by example, stand up for others, and show compassion for all views. By doing this we show that there is no room for us under inequality’s thumb.
March is one of my favorite month’s and that because I get to celebrate my fellow sisters, but March doesn’t have to be the only time of the year we support each other. Remember to always lend a helping hand and once your share your respect and appreciation you give others the room to do so as well! Now go take on the world and “rise above and spread the love!”