On Supporting Other Women

“I am a woman above everything else.”

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Like so many of you, I wear many different hats.

I’m a mother.

I’m a wife.

I’m a daughter.

I’m a friend.

I’m a professional with a career.

I’m a citizen concerned with the state of the world.

But above all, from the very the moment that I entered the world and it was proclaimed, “It’s a girl”, I am a woman.

And I am determined to make a daily effort to empower other women, even in the smallest of ways, and I encourage you to do the same.

Focusing on the above quote from Ms. Kennedy-Onassis, I was inspired to come up with a few quick ways that I could support the women around me. I was surprised and humbled by how instantly the effects of reaching out to others, even in small ways, did make a difference. 

1.) Smile. 

Even in places where you don't feel like smiling. (Grocery store, I'm talking to you.)

Seems like a simple concept, yet it's very easy to forget the power that a smile holds. When I am out and about now, I have a goal of making eye contact and smiling openly at women around me, even if I, too, am frazzled and trying to figure out how I'm going to make it from one errand to the next on time and don't feel like engaging. 

I've often found that when practicing this exercise, the smiling becomes much more natural, to the point that I don't feel as though I'm practicing at all. The moments where I connect with another woman and we exchange genuine smiles, I can actually feel a connection of sisterhood~a wonderful reminder that none of us are in it alone. 

2.) Offer Hope.

A friend told me once that she liked to slip notes in the bags of mothers who were dealing with fussy babies or children who were acting less than polite. She said that once someone had done this for her, and reading that note from a stranger was a source of incredible support and hope that she held onto for years.

Here are some quick notes that you could leave: 

"You're doing a great job. Hang in there."

"We all have our days. Don't doubt yourself. You're a great mother."

"Don't worry about the tantrums-stay focused on being the wonderful parent that you seem to be."

"From one mom to another: You've got this!"

3.) Money. Where Your Mouth Is. 

Being an entrepreneur myself, I've taken to trying to support other businesses that are owned by women. In this vastly changing economy, I think it's incredibly important to thoughtfully purchase services and products. 

Are there any women out there with small businesses or services whose lives you could enhance by giving them a try, thereby contributing to their economic betterment? I encourage you to do so!

4.) Sing It From The Rooftops.

As I mentioned above, I've made an effort to support other female business owners. I've also been thrilled to learn the power of helping them grow their businesses by letting my followers and friends know if they've done a great job for me.

I'm always so happy to see someone that works with me gain new business thanks to a referral that I offered. I personally know that it's made remarkable impacts for some of the women that I work with, and that is incredibly rewarding. 

I hope that you'll find a bit of inspiration and feeling of camaraderie within this post. Because above all, we are women.

Only by remembering our common threads can we begin to weave a tapestry of hope, inspiration and empowerment that can blanket the entire world.