A woman’s strength

Mar 8, 2024

3 minutes, 9 seconds

It’s seven o’clock in the morning, the alarm goes off on her phone, but she’s already awake – hitting snooze to have ten more minutes to think freely. In her mind she is free, but once she steps into the day, the conformation of the woman arises. The footsteps to the bathroom are silent, but the silence eludes with a flip of the light switch. The reflection of the woman in the mirror is so loud and exuberant that it brings her peace of mind.

The woman in the mirror has already decided on how to seize the day before the day knew she existed. She is unexpected to society, so why does society expect her to conform? But this woman still takes her strength effortlessly and steps into her day to make a difference.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong; it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”

G.D. Anderson

Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki was a woman in the mirror before she became the founder and CEO of YouTube, a growing company that made $31.5 billion in revenue just last year. Working out of her garage, she had a hand in the start of the world’s number one search engine, Google. She didn’t worry about perception in a male-dominated field – she arose from the standards and became one of the strongest women in technology today.

Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman was a woman in the mirror before she became the first full-time female finance minister for the government of India in 2019. Before that, she served as Minister of Defense in 2017, the second woman to do so. Under her leadership, India has become the fifth-largest economy in the world. Nirmala excelled in her study of economics, receiving her bachelor’s degree at twenty-four years old. She could not obtain her Ph.D. because her husband got a scholarship to the London School of Economics. Although her studies were ended, her strengths prospered – she is ranked as the 34th out of 100 most powerful women in Forbes magazine.

Jasmine Crockett

Jasmine Crockett was a woman in the mirror before she became a lawyer and politician in Dallas, Texas. After opening “The Crockett Law Firm” Jasmine ran for mayor and won the primary election unopposed. She did not stop there. It took her only four days to decide that she would run for the candidacy of the U.S. representative seat for District 30 in Texas after the seat became available. Initially, Jasmine aspired to be an anesthesiologist when she started college. But Jasmine experienced a life-changing event in school, and her strengths inspired her to pursue law instead. She lives by a mantra: Everything happens for a reason, as a victim of a hate crime she decided to change the narrative of her own story. As the 118th Congress’s freshman representative, Jasmine continues to catapult her career.

Wherever a woman goes when she leaves her home in the morning, she takes her reflection with her. That reflection has been studied over and over again, and even though she is perfect, she still yearns for more accomplishing change. And while one’s reflection may show life’s ups and downs, it’s women like Wojcicki, Sitharaman, and Crockett that raise the bar, breaking the proverbial glass ceiling, for how far we can go. While this year’s International Women’s Day theme is more of a battle cry to ‘invest in women and accelerate progress,’ these women have epitomized making a difference each and every day. For those ladies out there, I can’t stress enough that you are radiant, and you are exuberant. And, indeed, strength is lucky to have a woman like you.

Mesha Evans

Mesha has over 8 years of experience in sales, project management, and cloud communications. She joined the IntelePeer team where she has been able to leverage her skills to focus on account development. Her main role involves working to build, migrate, and expand the company’s existing customer base. In her free time, Mesha enjoys walking her dogs, exercising at the gym, hiking, and spending time with her family. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mesha-e-967091232/

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