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Celebrating Women

Posted on General March 30, 2017 by Mary George

As we come to the end of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at some of the amazing women we have highlighted on our Instagram page who have helped lay the foundation for us to build upon and those who are helping to empower Women throughout the world.

Ilhan Omar the nations first Somali American female legislator.

 

Millie Dresselhaus a physics pioneer who was one of the first women in STEM education.

 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to her seat in 1993 as only the second female justice. She has been a fierce champion for the rights of women on the bench. She has been a true pioneer, co-founding the Women’s Rights Law Reporter in 1970 as the first law journal to focus exclusively on women’s rights. She was the first female professor to receive tenure at Columbia and co-authored the first law school casebook on sex discrimination. In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

In honor of International Women’s Day the Swedish National Women’s soccer team took their names off their jerseys and wrote empowering slogans. Making History!

 

Two girls learned the game of tennis on the cracked courts of Compton, Calif. Serena and Venus Williams have grown into women who have not only reached the summit of their sport but who have also inspired multiple generations of children and others to follow their dreams through strength and perseverance.

 

Hats off to Amy Poehler – actress, comedian, director, producer, writer and co-founder Smart Girls. Smart Girls is an organization emphasizing intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” Amy helps young women make history every day by helping them find their voice!

 

We celebrate Misty Copeland the first African American dancer to become principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Misty was considered a child prodigy as she didn’t start dancing until age 13 and despite being told she couldn’t and wasn’t the “right fit” she never gave up and fought harder. She has become a voice and role model for millions!

 

Today for Women’s History Month we celebrate Gloria Steinem – feminist, journalist, social and political activist. Gloria co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to make women visible & powerful in the media. Voices like Gloria’s are truly powerful!!

 

We want to acknowledge Lady Gaga – Stefani Germanotta. Lady Gaga is a singer, songwriter and actress and is one of the best selling musicians of all time. Most importantly she is also known for her social activism and philanthropic work specifically with her Born This Way Foundation which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.

 

We celebrate the amazing, determined American track and field sprinter #allysonfelix -Olympic champion, 3-time world champion and is tied as the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history. She’s an ambassador for @righttoplayusa, a global organization that uses play to engage kids in their education. ❤ this #RemarkableWoman who believes that being a role model is a privilege.

 

A huge congratulations to US Women’s Hockey team who won their historic fight this week to earn an increase in compensation & the same level of insurance and travel accommodations as male players. This 4 year contract is an unprecedented victory for women athletes and these strong women received broad support for their fight for fair pay and treatment from female athletes across sports, the public and male sports leagues such as NHL, NBA, NFL & MLB.

This month we have celebrated women who have #shatteredglassceilings as athletes, activists, veterans, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, educators & visionaries. They used their voices , talents & visions to make history how will you make change?

—Mary & Claire
 

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

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#PedestalEffect

Posted on General, Self-Esteem February 24, 2017 by Mary George

In our classes and workshops with children and teens, we intentionally discuss with them the power of words. How words can hurt, how words can lift one up, how words can break one down, and how words can make change. So when I was reading the news this morning and heard that yet once again a controversial, professional athlete, Jameis Winston, had spoken to a group of children and lifted a few up and put others down, I was truly disappointed. My disappointment stems not only from the person telling the boys that they are strong and telling the girls to sit down as they should be quiet and polite, but also from who we as a culture are looking up to and showing our children who look up to. I am deeming this the #PedestalEffect. Our Culture has developed in such a way that we look up to celebrities and sports figures and think that they are going to be our guide to a better life. Think about it for a second, the Kardashian’s have created a selfie culture which has changed the way people portray themselves. We follow and watch every move that the famous make and we aspire to be like them regardless of what they stand for. What is it that makes us think that these celebrities and sports figures are so much better than who and what we are as people? One can argue that they are successful but then define success for me. Is success only money? Is it talent? Is it who has the best body or goes on the best trips? What are we teaching our children about success and self worth? What did Jameis Winston’s words convey to the boys and girls that he was speaking to? 
 
These are Winston’s words that he said to the children:
 
But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. A lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice. …But the ladies ― they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!
 
This is where we are as a culture and who we allow to be our children’s role models. ALL children need to be validated and told that they are strong and shown that they are equal, not just one gender or race.  There are real heroes out there that we as parents and adults can choose to influence our children and the words that are used MATTER. During this same school assembly one little girl turned to her teacher and asked, “Aren’t I strong?” In one moment, this influential person made a little girl question her self worth. When one experiences that self doubt, where does it lead? What happens to the self confidence and strength that child had prior to being told to sit down and be quiet because that is your place? 
 
Lets make a choice as a culture to stop the #PedestalEffect and choose who influences all of our children wisely. It is on us to make them believe that they can be the best if they put their minds to it.
#PedestalEffect #MyRemarkableSelf
 
—Mary & Claire
 

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

© Kids Empowered LLC and My Remarkable Self® 2017