Feminism: good or bad? I think good, but that depends how you define it. I’m not talking about the “I don’t need a man! I can do everything myself!” kind of feminism, but the kind of feminism that empowers girls to be who they are. Being yourself is so important because it makes you happy in life. So many people think that if they are true to themselves, the will be judged – which can happen. The truth is, you should have people in your life that you are comfortable being yourself with, not afraid to be yourself with. Don’t keep people around who bring you down, it’s that simple!
Seventeen Magazine (one of my favorites) dedicated their entire March 2014 issue to Girl Power! It was truly one of my favorite editions for a number of reasons. One, its cover girl was Selena Gomez and I mean who doesn’t love her? She talked about how to find your power and how to be yourself. It was such a popular piece that Seventeen now has devoted a section of their monthly editions, for now at least, to Girl Power.
Not only is Seventeen making a difference, but Sheryl Sandberg has started a movement called “Lean In.” It is an amazing empowerment movement that encourages women and girls to speak up and lead in life. Women should not be held back or hold themselves to lower standards than men. It is amazing what women can accomplish and they should not be afraid to show who they are and reach higher than ever before. Her book is all about this and you can also check out Leanin.org to see how you can empower yourself. In addition, Sandberg teamed up with the Girl Scouts to start a “Ban Bossy” campaign that is against the word “Bossy” or “Bitch” for women in the workplace, or in life, who are aggressive (act like a man) to achieve their goals in life. It is not fair to call a women bossy for being powerful. Women have every right to succeed in life and they shouldn’t feel bad about it. Celebrities like (the fiercest woman of all time) Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, fashion designer Diane Von Früstenberg, and more all have teamed up with the campaign to show their support and share how powerful this message should be.
Beyoncé has always been so involved with women’s empowerment so it is no surprise that she was involved here. Her songs empower women to do all kinds of good for the world and for themselves. She is the definition of fierce and I mean that in a good way. Her involvement in Lean In and Ban Bossy will help change the mindsets of girls for generations to come. So the obvious answer to the question “Who runs the world?” will always be girls.
Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and for yourself because you can do anything you want and you can do it without letting other people bring you down. In the words of Beyoncé “I’m not Bossy, I am the Boss.” So be a badass and take control of your life, because I am telling you that it will be amazing.