Positive New Realities for Powerful Women
The most effective way to do it, is to do it. – Amelia Earhart.
Change is slow, but it never stops. Over the years, powerful women in history have enacted change for themselves that have impacted and improved the lives of other women all the way around the world.
Over the centuries, women have had to fight hard for equal treatment and equal wages. Powerful women in business have fought for and earned equal standing in their business communities.
Women are fighting against violence and gender-based biases that have been cruel, arbitrary and globally pervasive for far too long.
Women continue to fight for good things for themselves and for their families. PCI fights with them, every step of the way.
What makes a woman powerful?
When you hear the words “powerful woman”, what picture comes to mind? Do you envision a woman who you feel has attained success, or a woman who has taken on a battle of some sort and has won? Is it a thought of a woman you feel is in a powerful job position? Do you picture a woman who appears extremely popular?
While all of these things can invoke images of power, what you’re seeing is just the end result. You’re not seeing the eight simple underlying traits these women possess to get them to the point of being deemed powerful. There are many women in the world who have not lassoed what you and I see as success, or who haven’t had the opportunity to take on a big battle in their lives. Still, they are powerful. There are numbers of women out there in normal, supportive day-to-day jobs. They’re powerful, too. There are millions of women who don’t exude popularity. Yet those women can be just as powerful as the ones you picture when you hear the words, powerful woman. (June 24, 2013, Posted by Professional Woman’s Magazinewww.professionalwomanmag.com)
The 8 underlying traits possessed by powerful women, as listed in the article, are not surprising. In fact, they make perfect sense.
A powerful woman:
- Gives it all she’s got
- Never gives up
- Speaks her mind
- Respects herself and others
- Stands up for what she believes in
- Inspires herself and others
- Shares her power willingly
- Makes a difference in the lives of others
The list is comprised of characteristics that make people – in this case, women – powerful. It says nothing about being born into wealth, having the best education or the highest IQ. More so these traits, commonly found in the most powerful women, are ones that come from within. A summary of characteristics that encourage successful women to exceed expectations find their source in self-esteem, sense of self, and a commitment to helping others and doing right in the world.
Interestingly enough, another set of women – when polled by Forbes Magazine after being recognized as the 100 most powerful women – identified similar qualities as those in the list above. Qualities of a far more intrinsic nature, rather than any number of extrinsic qualities, that had helped them establish themselves as the most powerful women in business. The qualities named by these women include several encouraging mantras:
- Stay determined
- Be courageous
- Think bigger
- Take calculated risks
- Remain disciplined
For some women in the world, these may seem like outrageous and unrealistic mindsets about how to succeed in their lives. Many are living in extreme poverty, which is the only way of life they have ever known. Too many of these women are trying hard just to survive, all the while enduring the harshest of circumstances, subjected to gender based violence and a basic lack of commonly accepted human rights.
But still, there are those women in the world who dream of better situations for themselves and their families. PCI shares these dreams and has developed plans and programs to help these women – all over the world – to realize their goals.
PCI recognizes the fact that gender bias and discrimination against women is still a powerful negative force in significant percentages of our world population. The United States, along with many other countries, has made substantial strides in gender equity, but the battle rages on, especially in too many countries where violence and oppression against women is a daily occurrence. This, despite the fact that female influence, hard work and perseverance provide the bedrocks of a family’s structure and successes.
PCI has harnessed the power toward proactive change with its Women Empowered (WE) Initiative. PCI’s Women Empowered Initiative is a global effort to promote the economic and social empowerment of women through the formation of self-managed and self-sustaining savings groups.
PCI provides training to savings group participants in governance, record keeping, savings and lending, and entrepreneurship. Regular group meetings provide a platform for social support and individual leadership development, enabling women to become powerful agents of economic and societal transformation within their communities.
We believe that women who are empowered become solutions to poverty, poor health and vulnerability for their families and within their communities. Incredible potential is reached with the benefit of support, financial resources and ongoing encouragement.
The Women Empowered Initiative is currently being implemented in five countries – Guatemala, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Botswana, and Malawi – with a current membership of 20,000. Please visit our website –www.pciglobal.org/WE – to find additional information about PCI’s efforts and successes in women empowerment.