The need for positive models
Posted by Arman
Watch Lily Myers and her performance poem Shrinking Women! This girl totally nails the way women model their own lives and influence those under them, their daughters and in our culture, their daughter-in-laws.
What we model for our children, by the way we live our lives ourselves, is far beyond what we ‘tell them’… it lies in what we show them.
A strong woman myself now, I still question my motivations, the real reasons behind my actions. I am acutely aware of the fact that everything that I do, everything, is like ripples in water. The effects will be far and wide, within my family, my social circle and with social media our reach is beyond what we can immediately perceive. As I told one of my female colleagues at work yesterday, sometimes you have to draw the line in the sand and get prepared to stand your ground.
Yet, I know that is the hardest thing to do. As woman we are taught to shrink, to make space around us for the men in our lives; whether that is at home or at work. When we occupy space, we feel guilty for it. We question whether we have the right to occupy that space at all. We listen to the little nagging voice somewhere in the back of our head that says we aren’t good enough for it, or that we are the wrong gender. That little voice that we grew up with, listened to, from our mothers and grandmothers and the other women in our lives who crushed their own dreams and inspirations and lived lives bound between the bedroom and the kitchen.
For all that we say, we can do more and if this is any indication, then the generation after us is definitely changing 🙂
- Shrinking Woman (prosperityedwell.wordpress.com)
- 24.12.2013 – Internal Critical Model (deanmelbourne.wordpress.com)
- Shrinking Women (elisabethlanserrose.com)
Posted on December 26, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged gender equality, generations, glass ceiling, mentor, Model, People, poetry, social media, Space, speaking up, women empowerment, women's right, women's voice. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.