Scream it loud: ‘I’m a Woman and I’m Proud!’ 21st Century Tips for Women in Power
Trill or Not Trill?
Okay ladies now let’s get in formation!
Okay so unless you haven’t had access to Wi-Fi, television, or I don’t know…human interaction, you already know that this past weekend my fellow nasty women made history! That’s right. History. Over 500,000 women gathered in Washington D.C to march, making it the largest inaugural protest in recorded history. Not to mention the other 600 marches that took place in the United States and all around the world. The marches incorporated celebrity speakers, monumental marching, and peaceful protesting. Uniquely, women from all backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic status gathered to protest one person: Donald Trump. After his inauguration, women across the world joined forces to combat his sexist, rude, and plain disrespectful language used during the 2016 election season. Women, men, the LGBTQ community, and Black Lives Matter joined the protest to resist discriminatory words and actions. All in all, it was an amazing day to make history and let our voices as women be heard. But this is not the end. There are definitely more movements to come as we witness what direction our new president wants to take our precious country in. Now more than ever, women need as much support as we can get to navigate and hold on to our power. Here are some 21st century tips for women in power.
Don’t take no for an answer. When you’re in the big meeting with the CEO of the company and he looks out into the crowd and asks, “okay, so who would like to take the lead on this project?”. Don’t just stand in the back behind all of the suits and ties. Wave your hand straight up in the air and take the lead. Be confident in your actions. All our lives, as women, we have been told by society that in a man’s world, it is our job to sit, look pretty, and listen. But those times are far gone, and if it was up to me, they would never come back. Don’t be afraid to speak up and give your opinion. The worst thing we can do as women is to continue to let men get all the credit. Now, I’m not saying that men aren’t capable. But I am saying it’s about damn time that women earn more respect and admiration from their male colleagues.
Because to be completely honest, the whole mansplaining, acting like we have no say, or just ignoring our opinions all together is getting really old. So to all my fellow ladies, speak up, be heard, and never take no for an answer.
Support other women.
Okay, now this is a big one. Competing with other women is something that as young girls we are bread to do. Unfortunately, we bring each other down, gossip, and utilize this “mean girl” mentality. But if we truly want to take action and receive equality, we must stop bringing each other down and start building each other up. When another woman succeeds, it shouldn’t be a threat, but an inspiration to others. As females, we should complement one another and give each other help when needed. Just think about it, this past weekend women came together besides their differences and made history. That’s what happens when women embrace and encourage one another. We must stand with one another not against each other if we truly want to make a difference in our country. As a matter of fact, if we all just work to help one another, women could potentially run the world. Even though we already pretty much do that.
It’s okay to make mistakes.
As a woman in power, it’s only natural to experience doubt. Especially when you’re in a room dominated by men, which is 9 times out of 10 the case, and when a woman makes a mistake in a room full of men it just reinforces the stereotype that we can’t handle being in charge. Which I understand is a terrifying thing. But, don’t be afraid to make certain mistakes. As long as you learn and grow from them, mistakes are nothing but human oversight. They’re completely natural. So next time you make a mistake and are doubting yourself. Take a deep breath. Gather your thoughts. And move forward.
Realize that you’ll have to work twice as hard to receive half of what they have.
Okay ladies, now it’s no secret that there are some slight inequalities when it comes to proper pay in the work force. Okay who am I kidding there are HUGE inequalities in the work force when it comes down to women. Men are always receiving higher wages, even when they are performing the same jobs as women. Thus, we have to work harder, be better, and prove ourselves; which I know isn’t fair, and is completely frustrating but is no secret. This shouldn’t make one disappointed, or even upset. It should ignite a fire inside all of us women to be the absolute best.
Okay my Trill or Not Trill readers, especially my women readers, hopefully you’ve learned some tips to not only survive, but thrive in powerful positions. Although it had to take a controversial president elect to gather thousands of women, something great came out of it. Our voices have been heard, and we will not continue to be silent. Trump’s inauguration gathered millions of women around the world to unite in a way that hasn’t been done since the 70’s. Hopefully now you can use these tips to help you thrive as a powerful nasty woman in society.
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” — Beyoncé
Bailey Synclaire is a vibrant college student studying journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia. Born and raised in St.Louis MO, she’s passionate about journalism, pop-culture, Instagram, family, and most importantly, the St.Louis Cardinals. With only one year of college under her belt she’s looking forward to the future.