FOUR Doubts You Need To Clarify About Women In The World

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As I stated in my last blog post, I was selected to attend the Women In The World Summit through the InfluenceHer Collective. It was truly an honor to be in a room filled with amazing women with dreams and aspirations of making the world a better place. Before we move on, let’s chat a little about the Women in The World Summit. It’s held at the most beautiful venue {ever} – Lincoln Center in New York City. It’s a three-day {April 10-12} summit which will undoubtedly have you learn things that seem unimaginable, a chance for networking with other girl bosses who want to make a difference in their communities, but above all, it will clarify any doubts you may have about the power of women. At the Women In The World Summit, I was able to hear and learn from extraordinary women like Oprah Winfrey, Brie Larson, Stacey Abrams, Susan Rice, and many other astonishing women.

Prior to attending the Summit, I didn’t know the current state that our world was actually in. On the surface level, it seemed as if everything was “fine”. I was ignorant to the fact that it was the total opposite of fine but rather in need of some major changes.

  For me, I got so caught in my own routine and life that I totally forgot about the world in its entirety. We flood our Google Calenders with on-campus events, homework assignments, exam dates, birthdays, work meetings, etc and we’re consumed by this. We become so blind to the actual world that we are living in. As we are so focused on our individual lives. Well, after leaving the Women In The World Summit on Day 1, I knew that I couldn’t continue to live like that. So much so, I vowed to become more in touch with the world around me and the current problems we are now facing. Yet, I knew I wanted to make a difference in my community – the world but I didn’t know how to approach it nor achieve it. So, I found myself conflicted. I identify as a woman though I didn’t know exactly how to “change the world”. I doubted myself and the work I could do alone but also women in general. Could we really pull this off?

Arguably, we’ve all doubted the power of a woman, myself included. After attending this summit I realized that women are in fact, capable of changing the world. Not only that but we as women, have been doing so for a countless number of years now. Before I move on with this post, I want to thank Tina Brown, Founder & CEO of the Women In The World Summit. For the past 10 years, she has created a space where women can come to and learn about the world and the ways in which they can make a difference, so thank you so much for that!

This blog post is geared toward five doubts we sometimes have about women. Doubts are uncertainties, fears, hesitations, confusions, etc.Words that don’t correspond with the power of women. After all ….

“Women in The World don’t run from it, they overcome it, and they run it!”

DOUBT #1: Women Can’t Save The Planet

Wrong! Women can, in fact, save the planet and so can YOU! Here’s how you can save the planet in four really small ways.

  1. Lessen your air condition use.
  2. VOTE for people who push for policy that are in favor of protecting our planet, have knowledge about climate change, and push for awareness, etc.
  3. Find ways to lessen your commute {car pool, walk, ride a bicycle).
  4. Eat less red meat {beef, pork, lamb, etc}.

Either we all win or we all lose together. So, we have to act now and aggressively to change the direction the earth is headed in!

DOUBT #2: Women Aren’t Game Changers

There are so many women doing incredible work to make the world we live in a better place. Women are GAME CHANGERS from The Birthday Party Project to the SoaPen . Whether it’s making sure homeless children can properly enjoy their birthday to creating a new, fun, and exciting way for children to hand wash the list of incredible inventions go on. Without women, this world would be missing out on a lot of inventions.

DOUBT #3: Women Can’t Be Anything Less Than Perfect

People aren’t perfect let alone women. We make mistakes and sometimes we put too much pressure on our ourselves, we have to stop doing that. Brie Larson spoke about our failures in the context of them making us become better people. As she herself as failed a billion times. That undying effort to get back up again once we are down and try is what makes females strong as hell. So no, we aren’t perfect but we damn sure are some fighters and will get up every time we are knocked down

DOUBT #4: Women Can’t Be Outspoken and Powerful

As women we have been standing up for what we believe in since the beginning of time. We challenge the status quo and push the envelope every time. We aren’t afraid to speak our mind and push for causes that we are passionate about. In Saudi Arabi, woman fight every day for basic rights we in America take for granted every day like driving. Manal Al-Sharif, an activist but more importantly a woman believed there needed to be a difference in Saudi Arabi and pushed for change. If a woman believes in something, she will execute it to the very end. So, yes, women can be outspoken and women are powerful.

I had an amazing time at the WITW Summit and I encourage everyone to attend if they can next year! You’ll walk away with so much knowledge, you’ll feel motivated and determined, and you will be able to take on the world. The most important piece of knowledge I walked away with was to start small in my community, pick a cause that I was passionate about {there are soooo many} and in time the small changes I make will slowly but surely impact the world.

Until next time! Talk soon.

Love Owlways,