Picture an empowered woman.
What did you see? Did you picture the kind of woman who rocks short, brightly colored hair, wears whatever she pleases, doesn't feel the need to shave anywhere and probably labels herself as a feminist?
Well, you're half right.
An empowered woman doesn't really have a "look" because true empowerment isn't necessarily tied to specific choices we make as women. Empowered women aren't all the same. We don't all burn our bras. We don't all have hairy armpits. We don't all love being nude.
There are empowered devoutly religous women.
There are empowered stay-at-home moms.
There are empowered women who have never left the house with amillimeter of cleavage showing.
There are empowered women who aren't sexually explorative.
There are empowered women who have only slept with ONE person.
The list goes on and on.
It seems like somewhere along the way we've lost what it means to be empowered. Empower is defined as "to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights."
You see, empowerment lies in the choice.
Empowering another woman is to look at her and say ,"You are intelligent. You understand what is better for you more than anyone else. I have faith in your choices for yourself, even if it is not what I would choose."
Doulas and empowerment go hand in hand. As your doula it is my job to make sure you feel empowered and have faith in yourself. You can find a list of the services we offer here that empower our clients.
What do you do to empower the women around you?