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Developing Strength and Voice on International Day of the Girl

A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” -Melinda Gates

Women young and old are wonderful human beings with unique strengths and gifts to offer the world. James White We positively influence families, neighborhoods, schools, communities, and beyond – far beyond.

Sometimes, though, women young and old have no power, no voice. Nike Free 2.0 Mujer Their freedom of thought and movement and simply being is grossly restricted. When this happens, these women young and old suffer, and so do the families, neighborhoods, schools, communities, and beyond who aren’t benefiting from the strength and intelligence of these women who are controlled by others.

It is to draw attention to this tragedy and to celebrate the strength of women, of girls who are growing up to be strong, contributing females that October 11 is International Day of the Girl.


Childhood is a time of exploring, growing, and learning. It’s a time when kids are slowly learning how to be adults. Nike Air Presto Femme The messages a girl receives become part of who she is, how she thinks, how she feels about herself, and how she interacts with others.

One realm of learning is how to be in relationships. Air Max 2015
Humans are social beings, and we all must exist with others: coworkers, acquaintances, friends, family, and romantic partners. FREE RN It’s a tough world to navigate, but when girls learn to have a voice, they grow strong and powerful and are capable of thriving in life for themselves, and by extension, others.

It can be confusing, though. Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber By nature and nurture, girls can be inclined to put others first, themselves last. Using strengths to empower yourself, and using that power to help others is character. nike air max 90 hyperfuse femme However, being silenced and weakened and subservient in order to wait on others is being controlled, poisoned by one or more toxic people.

Because it’s hard to find the balance between giving parts of yourself to a relationship and giving up your whole self, girls need role models. Mothers, older sisters, aunts, grandmothers, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, and others can model strength and can teach them how to develop a voice. Doudoune Parajumpers Angie Master Women have life experience they can share with girls. Storytelling is a powerful way to show how to be strong.

As a high school teacher and a counselor, I saw teens, both girls and boys (which also shows the importance of helping both genders learn how to be healthy in relationships) become trapped in unhealthy, emotionally abusive relationships. Wanting to help girls find their voice, I wrote a story entitled Losing Elizabeth. The short novel helps teens of all ages share themselves without losing themselves, add to themselves without subtracting important parts of themselves.

Through her entire lifespan, a girl will be in relationships with herself, with a partner, with society, and with the world.

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