Synopsis: In this week’s episode, I reflect on Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. I talk about what women’s empowerment means to me, and how the women in my life have helped me find the confidence to be my most authentic self.
March is Women’s History Month and as I look back on how that translates to my own life, I think about what led me to want to start a company focused on women’s empowerment. Nickel & Suede didn’t start out with a mission to empower others, but it didn’t take long to see the effect our earrings had on our customers. –Wearing our earrings made them feel brave, step out of their comfort zone, and it was inspiring others to do the same. The experience made me examine what it means to empower women. And to me, it’s being encouraged and supported to go after the best version of myself. It’s seeing other women be their best selves. It’s a lesson I’ve learned over time, and one I continue to look back on.
Growing up, I didn’t try many things and I was pretty quiet. I didn’t start to break out of my shell until I became friends with a girl named Kayleigh in high school. She had had such a sense of confidence and individuality. Her dream was to be accepted into the Naval Academy and become a pilot. She had this sense of empowerment that was so contagious to me. Because of her confidence, I felt empowered to be myself around others. They say empowered women empower women, and Kayleigh was the first of many women to showed me that choosing to be myself was the ultimate act of empowerment.
I am so thankful for the empowered women throughout the years that built the staircase that permitted myself and other women to climb and pursue more. From Kayleigh to the Nickel & Suede community, their confidence is contagious and radiates to other women they meet. I hope we all can channel the Kayleigh’s in our lives, and remember, women who chase after their dreams give other women the possibility to do the same.
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