How are you a Fantastic Female Role Model?
Maybe you were lucky enough as a young person to have a great woman in your life you could watch and learn from. But sometimes, young people are not that fortunate. All little girls can benefit enormously from having a strong, interesting woman as a role model.
Now that you’re grown, why not become that woman yourself for some young ladies? If you reflect on any female role models you have, you’ll recognize a common thread running through them all: they’re confident in their own skin.
Whether they’re a mom, a CEO, or an English teacher, those women embrace their own lives and express their true selves in the process.
And you can do those same things. When you’re able to accept yourself for who you are, from your strong points to your idiosyncrasies, you’re then free to be the woman you most want to be.
International Women’s Day
Why do we celebrate women’s Day on March 8? What Is International Women’s Day?
March 8 marks International Women’s Day – a global celebration dedicated to uplifting women and honoring their achievements. But this feel-good day started off as more than a day to celebrate the women in your life – it was born out of socialism, protest and a fight for labor rights.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate women’s achievements
- raise awareness about women’s equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. Learn more about the day’s timeline.
IWD 2022 Theme: #BreakTheBias
The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough. Action is needed to level the playing field. Specifically, it is a call for each of us to do the work to break the bias today and beyond.
The IWD website has an amazing set of selfie cards with reminders:
- I will help forge a gender equal world #BreakTheBias
- I will maintain a gender equal mindset #BreakTheBias
- I will challenge gender stereotypes discrimination & bias #BreakTheBias
- I will call out gender actions or assumptions #BreakTheBias
- I will forge positive visibility of women #BreakTheBias
- I will try to influence others’ beliefs and actions #BreakTheBias
- I will celebrate women’s achievements #BreakTheBias
Celebrating IWD with Techie Mamma Flair
Every year, Techie Mamma tries to do something in celebrating IWD! This year we put together a Mompreneur Directory that I was so excited 🥳🎉 to launch live in my video 👇.
This directory is open to all Mompreneurs and I hope it to be a resource for all those looking for services and products to support fellow Mompreneurs in their community and beyond.
Some Tips to Rock Your Moxie
Now that we know more about IWD and want to express our Moxie today and beyond, let’s look at some tips!
- Know who you are. If you allow your own self to emerge, others will notice that you’re genuine and will be drawn to you. When you avoid putting on airs, people are more comfortable around you. Plus, they’re less likely to put up a facade in your presence.
- Be brave enough to show the world. To extend the idea in the suggestion above, those who lack confidence usually fear showing others who they really are. Demonstrate your confidence by letting people know the “real” you.
- Express yourself through your appearance. The bottom line is that our appearance is a reflection of who we are. Although how you look isn’t the whole picture, it surely does complete the image. Let your inner self be represented in your appearance.
- Listen well. One of the most useful behaviors to model for young, aspiring women is to pay attention and listen well to others. Developing the skill of listening is a lifelong process. Be assured that modeling this skill for young people is a huge contribution to their development.
- Step up and speak up. When necessary, stand up for something that’s important to you or that you believe will make the world a better place. Speaking up just means that you express your thoughts in ways that people can best hear them, in a non-threatening tone using engaging language.
- Avoid criticizing others. Learn positive ways to provide feedback so that your comments do not come across as harsh criticisms.
- Let it be. Refrain from becoming involved in negative conversations and situations. Consider these events a waste of your time. We only get a certain number of minutes in a day. Why spend any of yours on negativity?
- Show love freely. Demonstrating that you care about others and the world in general is a wonderful quality and a great example for young people.
- Do your own thing. Reveal your innermost self. Do you love to cook, dance, and work with numbers? Then pursue all three. Immerse yourself in whatever excites you. When you feel great about yourself, you experience the freedom to participate in life in ways that increase your enthusiasm for it.
Resources for IWD and Beyond
- Fun – Google Doodle March 8, 2022 and all IWD Google Doodles.
- Tilted a Lean In Podcast – Tilted explores topics at the intersection of gender and culture – and brings you conversations with people pushing for change.
- Women in the Workplace 2021 Report — a close look at the impact of the pandemic on women and the experiences of women of color, lesbian and bisexual women, and women with disabilities at work.
- The System is Failing Latinas & Black Women
- Getty Stock Photo Collections – Proceeds go to Lean In Org
When you do these things, you’ll not only live life to its fullest potential, you’ll provide every girl you encounter with a fascinating, approachable female role model. You’ll give them a lot to think about now and a better life later on, when they grow up and are able to show their own moxie!
Think of one thing you’re going to do when you see bias at work—or one thing that you’ve learned that you’re going to share with others.