In your most difficult times when tears choke down your throat, have you felt the warmth of a fellow woman who gave you a helping hand to rise up?
Can women empower women and change the scenes of inequality and injustices we face?
Be it the #metoo movement that created a strong impression in 2018 or the protests against hijab in Iran, the protests against the law of abortion by millions in U.S to the regular trolling or shaming in media against women, women have always come together in massive support of each other.
The power that a strong tribe of women have cannot be matched by any.
Like a pack of wolves, when we stay together, we are stronger and can win the brutalities of injustices and inequality against women.
Power up people because in this article we list down 11 beautiful ways how women grow stronger together.
11 Surprisingly Practical Ways for Women Empowering Women to Grow Stronger Together
Before we begin, I would like to share a quote by Serena Williams which emphasizes women empowering women.
“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”
How many times have you felt comfort and courage in the presence of a strong women tribe that backs you?
In fact this is the first thing we can do for each other.
1. Be There for Each Other
When we look out for the women in our house, in our community, in our group, we assure that we are there for them. This gives each other the confidence and courage to go on.
In my own life, I am surrounded by women whom I happily call my tribe, who watch out for me, guide me and cheer me up when I achieve and when I fail.
To have them around gives me a greater sense of comfort and confidence.
When you support your fellow women, you are growing too.
“Women who support other women are Confident, Generous, Visionaries.”
― Mariela Dabbah
2. Women Empowering Women Works Well with No Judgements
Many times, we end up judging women in our own lives. This could be because of various reasons like our own perception towards life and our experiences etc.
Judging a fellow woman will cause indifference and bitterness. On the contrary, when we put aside our judgements to understand each other, it becomes a beautiful community of love.
To quote, Audre Lorde,
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
3. United Together, Women Grow Stronger
I cannot emphasize this enough. When women stick together, they become a powerhouse which cannot be shaken or brought down by anything.
The more united we are, the more stronger and powerful we become.
The most strongest voices in history are of powerful women coming together and voicing out for their rights and needs.
One cannot forget the massive changes women have made to smash the patriarchy and gender bias in every field especially in our country.
Do you have any such experiences in your life?
4. Women Grow Stronger Together when they Share
It might sound like I am taking you back to a kindergarten but jokes apart; sharing is one of the best things we could do in women empowering women.
Some of us have resources, some have time and some information. Whatever we have, when we share it for the common good, we all can get benefitted from each other.
Example – If you are someone who has great knowledge about how to rebuild a career and share it in your community of women, this will inspire and help them to rise up.
5. Appreciate from Heart
“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.”
― Margaret Cousins
Will you believe me when I say that one appreciation a stranger left on my post, planted the seeds to start something new that would change my life?
A simple appreciation goes a long way. When we come across women who have done something nice, take a moment to appreciate. You never know what it could do in their lives.
6. Value Fellow Women’s Time and Resources
Most of the time in our life, we fail to value what is around us. The best example I can think of here is from our own homes.
Mother – She is there whenever needed, ensuring everything is perfect and ready. The question to reflect here is, are we able to value the time and effort a mother puts in to keep the house running?
When we value our fellow women’s time and resources, we become more mindful about it and ensure more efficiency and personal growth.
Also, this reminds me of a quote.
“Its all about educating people to value you as much they value themselves. If you respect your time, others will too.”
So, start with you.
7. Do Not Shy Away from Sharing Constructive Criticisms
Women empowering women is not possible without constructive criticisms. Feedback is a must for organic growth.
Many times we tend to shy away from sharing negative feedback, thinking that it might hurt the other person.
Once I shared an incident from my life to a close friend of mine thinking how heroic of me to do a particular thing. But to my surprise, she denied it and shared how disastrous that particular thing could be for my own life.
I couldn’t accept it but she was strong and made me understand it. If it wasn’t for that feedback, I would have ended up in deep trouble.
If we really need to help our fellow women, we must be ready to share the feedback in a way that will help them to correct the mistakes and grow further.
8. Honesty is Truly the Best Policy
Women can grow stronger together with an honest approach to each other’s lives.
When I think about my tribe of women, I am always happy to know that each of them are honest about what they share and write.
To quote Steven Aitchison,
“Honesty has a power that very few people can handle.”
And people who are honest have great power to face life.
Thus, when a tribe of honest powerful women come together, they are like a bolt of thunder.
9. Trust Factor will Take You Through
Women grow stronger together where there is trust. Establish a relationship with trust in your women community.
When someone trusts you, they open up to you, they find a comrade in you. For them, you become a beacon of light to tread further in the darkest roads.
Keep those secrets to yourselves and give them a helping hand. Be a strong community glued by trust and see your people thrive.
10. Listen with an Open Mind
Sometimes all that a woman needs is a listening ear. Being there for our fellow women also means being there with an open mind to listen to them when they share or vent.
Once I connected with a friend who was going through a rough phase in the pandemic. Despite being successful in what she did, she felt so broken. All I did was check on her from time to time and listened to her without judgements.
Studies at Stanford and UCLA confirm that women when in stress, don’t just experience the drive towards fight-or-flight but release Oxytocin, an hormonal surge that urges them to tend and befriend. In our case, to connect with other women.
No blaming, no guilt conversations help all of us to feel lite and to go ahead with the next task. So next time, be an ear to someone or be someone to vent out and relax.
11. Stay Connected
The final yet the most important one in our list is to stay connected.
Staying connected actually summarises all that we have discussed so far because only when we are connected, we can witness women empowering women.
By now, I hope this article would have inflicted within you the flames of sisterhood to help each other to go up the growth ladder.
If so, let me take the opportunity to share with you two other such articles published in Forbes and in Byrdie to keep the fire burning, for women growing together is an indestructible force in making.
The best thing that can happen to a woman is having a tribe of women who encourages, supports and guides. That’s where women grow stronger together.
Have you come across any such women in your life? Or do you have a women tribe too?
If so, tag them below and share it with us in the comments.
It would be a pleasure to hear from you on what you think about the article? Please share your opinion and of course any pointers you might want to add to this list.
Let’s grow stronger together.