As women of color, we need affirming, ethical ways to harness power, to know, own and amplify it individually and collectively; this shift is tied to our liberation.
(Powerless > Powerful)
To hold and claim power, we first have to recognize it within ourselves. To do so, we have to develop our capacity to discern our limiting beliefs from the truth; gaining the ability to articulate our unique contribution, unlocking a vision of what’s possible.
(Hidden > Visible)
Many previously used strategies to gain power seeking to limit our visibility, assimilating to dominant cultures and narratives. To own our power we have to step out and step up, ditching the narrative that we need permission to be seen.
(Alone > Together)
The last thing we need is to bring each other down; it’s time to lift each other up, uniting to build the future we want for ourselves, and all those to come after us. To complete the shift from powerless to powerful, we have to build coalition, find sponsorship; we need to make it happen, together.
”When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
“All of us need a vision for our lives, and even as we work to achieve that vision, we must surrender to the power that is greater than we know.”
“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception.”
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”