Empower Yourself

Sometimes mentors fall into your life. You didn’t know you needed one, but a mentor arrived at the right time. However, sometimes you must empower yourself. Take control. Search out the mentors you need. We all need mentors from time to time. Often we need different mentors for different phases of our growth. While it’s easier today to find women’s voices and women mentors, it’s not always easy to empower yourself. Unlearn First The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up. — Gloria Steinem, American activist Unlearning isn’t easy. Often, without even knowing it, we cling to ideas, beliefs, and misbeliefs. Those closely held thoughts often are the result of events you could not control. Empower yourself by taking your power back from the events you couldn’t control. What You Can Control You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou As a child, you have no control over what happens. Sometimes someone has smashed and […]

Inspiration Behind the Scenes with a Female Sniper

She was seventeen years old in June of 1943. Klavdiia Efremovna Kalugina (also spelled Klavdiya Yefremovna Kalugina) a Russian, born in 1926 came from a “not rich” family. She became the youngest sniper-in-training at a school for Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth). All the other pupils were eighteen. She could stay in the school as long as she didn’t “fall behind.” Sniper School They divided the young women into pairs. Marusia Chikhvintseva, Klavdiia’s first partner, became her best friend.  Accustomed to hard work, Klavdiia helped build the firing range for the school. But when it came time to shoot, she could only hit “milk” (jargon for a complete miss). Her squad commander took her aside and gave her private lessons.  She learned tactics and camouflage and ballistics. And she qualified as a sniper.  After graduation, they grouped pairs into squads and sent them all around the front. On March 1, 1944, six pairs of snipers, including Klavdiia and Marusia, were sent to the Belorussian front.  On the Front They rode in cattle cars with heaters as close to the front as they could get. The truck sent to take them to the fighting couldn’t get through the snow. Klavdiia said […]

Empowering Ourselves and Others

Empowering ourselves and others is more than a catchy phrase. It’s our duty to ourselves. We have the power. If we have the confidence to accept ourselves as we are and to make our own decisions, we can change the world. We can give all people, regardless of race, religion or gender, the ability to embrace their power. March is Women’s History Month. Back in 1981, Congress requested and the President decreed the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. That was the beginning. In 1981. Women have been making history since the beginning of time. Recognition of that fact didn’t come until 1981.   Unempowering people happens the world over for no good reason. All people deserve empowerment regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender. But for March, the Women’s History Month, we will focus on women.  Definition Part of the discussion about empowerment must include the definition. Websters assigns empowerment two related definitions: 1. the act or action of empowering someone or something: the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties 2. the state of being empowered to do something: the power, right, or authority to do something To clarify, here are some of […]