IWD: 5 ways to inspire your daughter to be a business boss
Raising strong young women who are confident in their abilities, and have all the opportunity to thrive, is an important task. It is our responsibility as women, men, parents, sisters, brothers, to instil the important values of self-worth and independence on this upcoming generation. The International Women’s Day 2021 theme is #choosetochallenge. Representing that as a collective, we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. In doing so, we can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements to further help create equality. My top five pieces of advice that I share with my daughter and other young women are:
- #ChoosetoChallenge the “double bind”: This is the bias or gendered stereotype that women can be either too assertive or too nice. Instead let’s reframe that to women can bring the strength of assertiveness and caring to what they do. I really relate to Sheryl Sandberg’s banbossy.com as I also grew up feeling that “bossy” was a negative word – and language matters.
- If there is no seat at the table, create one: Advocating for yourself and the women around you is a powerful tool, whether it’s in your career or personal life.
- Be a pioneer: A quote I consistently fall back on when having a tough day is, “Pioneers are the ones with arrows in their backs”. I love that quote as it represents what it takes to create real change. I am happy to have a figurative arrow in my back if it means I am pulling up other women around me.
- Lift up other women around you: We’re stronger when we stand together. One of the most important lessons is to uplift women, together we can make a more positive impact and change as a collective.
- Support Network: You need a support network around you to be your best, personally and professionally.
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