Empowerment: Take The Power!

Last updated by Rosie Harlow

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like new words are popping up every day. As the world changes and evolves, our vocabulary grows or at least tries to grow. Because it’s true that although we often see new words appear, we don’t always know exactly what they mean. The one that interests me today is empowerment. If you’re ready to take power, let's get started!

Empowerment: Take The Power!

What is empowerment? - Assumption of power that comes from afar

Empowerment, comes from the US 🇺🇸. It was born there at the start of the 20th century in the context of social struggles. With empowerment, we have the idea of taking power. Taking power by individuals to act on the social, political, economic, or even ecological conditions they have to face. The aim is clearly to take power in order to acquire your own freedom, to emancipate yourself in order to take back control of your life. It’s doing everything you can to finally have control over the situation.

Empowerment is mostly associated with feminism, we speak of female empowerment, but it can also be extended to the professional, management, and private spheres in order to, among other things, better accept yourself, regain self-confidence and assume your ambitions.

>>> Find out what ergophobia means

How can we boost our power to act?

Knowing your value is the basis of empowerment. Knowing your value means answering the question “who am I?”, but it also means understanding that what you are, what you feel, what you want, need, etc. is just as valuable as what others are, feel, want, or need.


Now I know what I’m worth #empowerment

Know your worth

In order to take back power, you need to start by knowing yourself and refusing to accept the labels that people put on you. This means taking a big step back, doing a little introspection, having no outside influence, and understanding that what you are can also evolve. I am what I am and what I am can evolve, but my value always remains the same. I have the perfect example: I wanted more than anything to be an editor. It was really a job I had dreamt of for a long time, to the point where I was even fantasizing about it, visualizing my perfect little life as an editor. I almost made it, and then it all fell apart, and I found another job.

It took me a long time to be happy and fulfilled after that. I was ashamed to say what I did for a living, ashamed that I was no longer/not an editor, and I found it hard to let go of that dream life. I was convinced that I’d lost my value by losing this job. That’s not true! You can change your life, move to another job, leave your ideal partner, etc. None of this changes your value, as long as it’s your choice.

>>> Here's how to introduce yourself at work

Take power over your life

And speaking of choices, we touch on the heart of empowerment: having complete and real power over your own life. That is, making your own choices and taking responsibility for them, even when they’re met with judgments, criticism, expectations, and disappointments. Everyone around us, whether they love us, support us and wish us well, or hate us and expect us to fail, will judge our choices. The most important thing when taking back the power to act is to learn to listen to ourselves and not to put the word of others before our own voice.

💪 Our voice is just as important as anyone else’s, it counts, so we give it room to build a life that resembles our desires and ambitions.

You deserve to free yourself

Is it easy? Not at all! But in general, nothing is easy. Indeed, we’re oppressed from all sides. If it’s not those around us who limit our power, then our gender, our sexual orientation, our skin color, our age, our illness, our social background, etc. all have a hold over us that could limit us. But each of us deserves to free ourselves. With empowerment, we don’t wait for a seat to be offered to us, we sit down (even if it’s on the floor!)

Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Not necessarily. I don’t think everything is possible. Now that I’ve freed myself from my somewhat sexist upbringing as a girl, I’d like to become Hannah Schmitz, a strategist for the Red Bull racing team, and let’s be quick to say that it’s a dream that becomes less and less obvious with each birthday. Anyway, it’s fine, I don’t think we have to go after our dreams, but I think we’re all a part, of a small mechanism of change. If we all become aware of our worth, our power, our might, if we live and act on our convictions, our ambition, making and taking responsibility for our choices, being proud and aware of our place in the world, then we all have a chance to impact it.

>>> Discover; What does it mean to be proactive?

Female empowerment. Play it like Beyoncé! 🎤

I notice that very often, women still tend too much, voluntarily or involuntarily, to envy each other, to be jealous... The time of comedies in which women fight for a man’s favors is over! Make way for female empowerment! By taking back the power and carving out our place in the world, we fight for our rights, the rights of all of us. We’re lifting each other up. 🫶

No one symbolizes this female empowerment more than Beyoncé. An African American woman with an outstanding career, family life, and enough money to make her an incomparable working woman, she’s obviously an inspiration. Although very impressive, the star fights for female empowerment. Indeed, she encourages everyone to emancipate themselves, to become aware of their talents, abilities, and desires, so that they act as free and independent women. It’s also Beyoncé who can motivate and encourage us to reach our full potential and achieve our goals, especially when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zone. She sows the seed, it’s up to us to make it grow 🌱.

Editor’s note: It’s up to you!

If this article has resonated with you, and inspired you, it means that you’re ready to take the reins! But to do this, as Rosie explains, you first need to get to know yourself, and who you are, define your values, and your desires and give yourself the means to get what you deserve. This process isn’t easy and sometimes takes years, which is why we advise you to get good support at this stage. Don’t wait to make an appointment with a psychologist for a more serene and aligned life.

🤗 Understanding yourself, accepting yourself, being happy... It’s here and now!


Be sure to read these articles too;

Article presented by Rosie Harlow

Writing has always been a form of therapy for me. For as long as I can remember, I have always used paper as a punching bag. Get to know me, I am Rosie Harlow.

Our most popular 'self-confidence' articles:

Accept yourself for who you are:

9 Tips For Believing In Yourself

“I’m not sure of myself”, “I don’t think I can do it…”, “I’m not good enough…”, “I’m too much of this, too much of that”… STOP! As you know, for something to work, you have to believe in it, so have confidence and dare to believe in yourself. And as it’s not always easy to believe in yourself, here are 9 simple and effective tips to make you feel like Beyoncé!

Glossophobia: How To Overcome The Fear Of Speaking In Public

Uncomfortable, no words are coming out of my mouth anymore… I’m in front of an audience waiting for me to speak, but it’s impossible, I’m paralyzed by stage fright. If you’ve already experienced this too, you may suffer from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. This anxiety, which turns into a great source of stress, is common for many people! So, what can you do to overcome glossophobia and speak in public? We’ll reveal all.

I Constantly Need Recognition

Ever since I was a child, I’ve felt like I do things according to others. My choices and my behavior have long been dictated by the approval of others. As I’ve got older, I’ve learned to assert myself and detach myself from what others might think of my actions. Why do we constantly seek this validation, and how can we get rid of this need for recognition when it becomes toxic? Having been there myself, I’ll explain it all to you!

I’m Very Modest; But Is My Bashfulness Just A Barrier?

The truth is I’ve never ever been the type of person who throws everything out there. I hate talking about my feelings, relationships and personal life and will always try to deflect these questions! For me, modesty is a barrier that I’ve always chosen to put up in order to keep people at arm’s length. The bottom line is, I want to keep things private and don’t believe that everyone needs to know absolutely everything about me. I like to closely control what I put out into the world, but where does my modesty come from? Fear of judgement? Shyness? Mistrust? Let’s explore all of these possibilities and get to the bottom of this conundrum.

Why Are Instagram Filters So Harmful For Our Self-Confidence?

You’ve no doubt seen them pass by on your Instagram account, that’s right, by clicking on the "Story" tab, you have the possibility to apply filters on our face. Sometimes they are just colorimetric touch-ups, sometimes they are cute with little cat ears. However, most of the time, we use them to give our skin better texture or even to eliminate our dark circles. Although it may not seem to be a big issue, this has an impact on our vision of ourselves and on our mental health. Why do Instagram filters, and more generally this social network, impact our confidence so negatively?

How To Turn Your Hypersensitivity Into A Strength

“Why are you crying again?” I’ve heard this question many times! It made me feel guilty because I had the impression that it wasn’t normal to be so sensitive. Indeed, when you’re hypersensitive, tears are a part of how you function. They help you to let out emotions that are too strong. This can be embarrassing depending on the situation you’re in, but you shouldn’t see it as a weakness. On the contrary! Hypersensitivity can be a strength if you accept it and channel it properly. Here’s how to turn your hypersensitivity into a strength.

How To Put A Stop To Emotional Blackmail

After using the excuse of not being able to meet up, your mother makes you feel guilty by saying, “It’s a shame, I would have really liked to have seen you, I’m hurt…” And so, you meet up with her, dragging your heels to please her. Emotional blackmail is everywhere. So how can you stop being manipulated?

What Are The 6 Primary Emotions? Fear, Joy, Etc...

Ah, emotions, what a vast subject! Children are taught to recognize them, adults to control them, but do we really know what we’re talking about? Not really, let’s face it. Emotion is a vague concept that is difficult to define, and yet we all know what it is: something intense, even brutal and brief. All our emotions are a mixture of the 6 basic emotions. 6 universal emotions that share the same facial expression throughout the world.

How To Better Manage Our Emotions And Live More Serenely

When faced with sudden anger or anxiety, I let my emotions get the better of me. Do you get the impression that you react the same way? It’s hard to contain what we feel sometimes. So, how can you better manage your emotions? Some people try to stifle them, but that’s not the answer. There are techniques to live more serenely with your emotions without ignoring them. Let’s see what you can do to calm down and live serenely!

Female Body Hair

“You look like a gorilla.” I think it’s a sadly commonplace story, but that’s how my story with hair removal began. I was 13 and in gym class when a boy said that to me. Since then, I’ve never stopped wanting to get rid of my body hair with a razor, or wax. But now, a movement is underway. More and more women are accepting their hair and claiming it as their own. Tempting? Certainly. Taking the plunge? Not so easy…

Wengood's favorite tunes 🎵

How to detect a narcissist

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." 

- Oscar Wilde