Recently, I wrote for my column a piece on Women’s Empowerment – What does it mean?
I asked women to respond to these questions:
What is women’s empowerment? Do you agree that women are more empowered and in what way(s)? Is there anything in today’s society that would make you think women are less empowered and if so what is it?
The response was overwhelming on so many levels. With age, professional and geographical diversity in the women who responded, it made the query that much more interesting. The highlight for me was the depth to which women spoke on the topic. Editing became a challenge!
Respondents were from Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. There are differences between our countries but there were similarities in the way women perceive “empowerment.”Â Had the net spread much farther I’m sure there would have been even more to say.
I had to ask the question because some days I hear a description of what empowerment is, and end up scratching my head pondering the validity of the statement and most often the source. I read news on women in other parts of the world who embrace their power in ways I think we have long since forgotten. The life we enjoy now is still their future, a dream in the making.
What it means to be empowered is subjective. After interviewing women on the topic I came away feeling we’ve come along way, but there is a road still ahead. It may be a good idea to look back and act as a guide for the women who are struggling to catch up.
What does empowerment mean to you?
You can see the article at TimeFinders Online Magazine: