Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Women’s Day is also to embrace your own womanhood – your independence, beauty, brains, decisiveness, children, job, and let men in your life do it too! We have already proved a lot. We have so much to be grateful for, proud of, and happy about.
Women are dangerous. Women change the world.
Think of Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, Mother Theresa, Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai. And now, Greta Thundberg. Fearless women with great ambitions. Women with courage and grit. Women who believe in something, and their own power.
True feminine energy is a very powerful force. In Dao, yin, the feminine energy, is rest, slowness, quiet, heavy. Yin is assertive, which is even more powerful than aggression. Yin seeks the truth, is aware, intuitive, forgiving, all knowing. It is calm and confident and trusting. To function smoothly we need yang too – moving, active, buoyant, rising, masculine, forceful, light energy. The problem today though, is that women are taught to have masculine characters – competitive, extravert, loud, and aggressive. We often forget our nurturing nature, and become extremely comparative and judgemental.
Contrary to the belief that this is a male dominated world, women provide the foundation of power, grace, wisdom, justice, creativity, and hope. Women are known to have better intuition, patience, emotional focus, compassion and networking ability. The list of female strengths is endless.
A woman alone can have power – collectively we have impact.
The Queen Bee belief argues that in reality women just can’t get along. There’s also a belief that there is something inherent to the female sex that causes women to undermine each other on the job all the time. Research on these kinds of behaviors have found that women are not inherently catty. Instead, Queen Bee behaviour is triggered in male dominated environments in which women are devalued to begin with. .
One of the most inspiring thing is women who openly support and lift each other up. A new research shows that women in particular benefit from collaboration over competition. By drawing on support from other women, we harness the collective energy of our peers to help us feel empowered in the rough ‘men’s world’. Amplifying other women actually shows that you’re a supportive team player as well as an inspiring leader. In conclusion – women who support women are more successful.