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  • Writer's pictureAshley Peterson, LPC

Women's Empowerment by Shaquana Smith

It’s Women’s History Month and I would like to applaud all women who advocate, celebrate and modify history! In celebration and acknowledgment of all that we are, I will be leading our first Women's Empowerment Group, flyer provided below.

     The achievements and societal contributions of women were unnoticed for a long time and thankfully, this month you will be recognized. Although, I personally feel like women should be recognized everyday of the year for their contributions, women’s history month is a step in the right direction. 

     When we think about how women were mistreated, dismissed and ignored, it’s astonishing that we still had the courage to stand up and verbalize our thoughts and feelings. It’s astonishing that we had the courage to go into various spaces and put our best foot forward and dominate. Imagine what we could have done if we had professional women in these spaces to lift us up and provide the encouragement that we lacked? As a woman in a professional field, I aim to be that encouragement for others. 

     We have more opportunities now as women but we also have internalized misogyny and traditional gender-roles embedded into our being due to societal norms, and with that comes being timid and hesitant with the fear of “rocking the boat.” Girl stand up, you won’t fall over! If you do, you won’t drown; keep going!

As women, we often wear many hats that can be equally exiting and exhausting. We all can benefit from an unbiased, non judgemental, safe space to verbalize our thoughts and feelings; this group will be that space! Our Women's Empowerment Group aims to create a supportive environment with goals of increasing confidence, decision making, prioritizing your needs while also cultivating community and comradeship. Over the course of 10 weeks, members will learn these skills and tools as well as an intentional focus of creating more self compassion through increased awareness.

I am appreciative of the women who can before me, hope to inspire and lift up the women beside me and offer encouragement and support to the women who will come after me. Lastly, I would like to give a personal shoutout to Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Hazel O’Leary, Queen Esther Marrow, and the Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson,Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson; all of whom made history within my hometown. 

Women's empowerment group launches in April, hope to see you there! -Shaquana

space is limited, first come first serve basis


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