Whether we want to admit it or not, the truth is that women are still not considered equal to men financially, emotionally or in the workplace. When it comes to raising collateral, cracking big deals or convincing investors to get on board with ideas, women entrepreneurs are half as likely to succeed over a man, even if they are actually more qualified and adept at their jobs. And in a recent anonymous business study, men in positions of high power or leadership still believed that many women were too emotional, temperamental or unreliable to hold down positions of power in business.
Why, in this day and age are these ridiculous and archaic stereotypes still being perpetuated? And more to the point, what can we do to stop this type of discrimination and sexism from continuing? Well, there are actually very simple and effective ways that you can be supporting women in the world and creating change and mindset growth around what women can do just by the way that you speak and what you tolerate being said about women around you.
Firstly, watch your words! Language is powerful and it can easily enforce a belief or concept without you even meaning it to. Avoid referring to women in derogatory terms (even if you are just joking) and correct others who do it in discussions with you. Any words that reinforce the stereotype that women are weak, not powerful and not in control of their own lives is doing all women harm. Always speak about women in uplifting language and never use words that imply that they are less capable than men.
Female empowerment begins at home. So empower all of the women around you, including you daughters, your mother, your female relations, your girlfriends and your female work colleagues by supporting them, complimenting them and congratulating them on their achievements. Speak respectfully to every woman that you meet, the more empowered that a woman feels, the more likely that she is to take on new challenges and improve her station in life. Female confidence is the key to empowerment and even the most skeptical and sexist of men are more likely to pay attention if a woman comes across as self assured and self empowered.
If you really want to empower women then be a positive role model yourself. You know the old "be the change that you wish to see in the world" quote, well if you want to empower women than be more empowered yourself. Make strong, informed and confident choices in your own life and demonstrate strength of mind, conviction and determination in the things that you do.
Mentor younger women to be more empowered by assisting them to develop their skill set and teaching them to speak up against discrimination, sexism and inequality in non-aggressive and powerful ways. The younger that you are, the easier that it is to learn new beliefs and adopt new ideas, so don't just coach young women, coach young men as well and teach them to respect and value women as much as men in every capacity of life.
And most importantly, accept yourself and other women as well. Every woman that you meet is going to be different from you. Whether it is a different lifestyle, culture, religious background, political outlook or physical appearance, it doesn't matter - it is completely irrelevant. What you do all have in common is that you all identify as female, and knowing that you are all more alike than unlike is an empowering thing to know. Empowerment and acceptance are one and the same, and learning to accept yourself as a part of something bigger than yourself will help you to see the power and potential in all women.
Forget about trying to be perfect, youthful or skinny and invest your energy into being brave, strong and wise. Attitude is infectious and a positive, inclusive and empowering outlook will rub off on other people, so just start in small ways and you'll soon start to set an example for other women to follow. Remember, men have been propping up other men for centuries now and that has lead to them having a position of power in the world over women. As women, we know that we don't need to stoop to being oppressive to men to feel empowered, but we do want to be treated equally and recognized for our worth, and that we deserve no less than that.
So change your mindset and go out and start singing your praises to the wonderful women of this world by celebrating your own worth and becoming a part of the female empowerment movement that is going to set young females up for a brighter and more equal future in years to come. You go girl!
Release Date: 2019
Running Time: 125 mins
Captain Marvel was everything that I wanted Wonder Woman to be, only better! Finally a kick arse female superhero that wears appropriate combat gear and doesn't use her feminine wiles to assist her in gaining victory. No tiny skirts, mini shorts or cleavage enhancing sweetheart necklines to be seen here, this is pure female empowerment with an interesting storyline, a terrific 90's soundtrack and some back-story filler for previous Marvel players like Nick Fury and Ronan the Accuser.
In 1995, an extraterrestrial warrior named Captain Marvel lands on Earth during an intergalactic fight with some 'Skrull' alien lifeforms. With the assistance of Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to piece together the flashbacks from her very human past to discover who she really is.
Brie Larson is perfectly cast as Captain Marvel, she actually looks like she can fight and is not supermodel wafer-thin. And although she is undeniably beautiful, she has a more wholesome and accessible on screen demeanour than the Gal Gadot, Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson female superhero types of the past; which was always something that I felt that previous super movies had always gotten wrong. Captain Marvel is a terrific role model character and looks set to become a key player in saving half of the world in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel - Endgame.
Bravo Marvel, I adore that your franchise is always going from strength to strength and I particularly enjoyed your homage to the late, great Stan Lee at the beginning of the movie and his smiling face cameo in the train scene.
FINAL SAY: I'm not what you think I am.
3.5 Chilli Peppers