Perhaps more than anything else, women need to learn how to build self confidence. For too many women, dependency is a way of life. Yes, I know that's changing, but when you look at statistics, women have a long way to go.
More than 14 out of every 100 U.S. women live in poverty. Single mothers, and elderly women suffer the worst, and twice as many women, as men over 65, live in poverty.
It is estimated that 25 to 50 percent of women -- in poverty, and not -- have no control over their lives. Many are dependent on men who control them -- and the money. Not all domestic abuse is physically violent, but did you know that...
...Women suffer more injuries from domestic violence than from any other source -- even traffic accidents? I know I have not painted a pretty picture, and perhaps none of these statistics apply to you, but...
...What I wanted to get across is how important it is for women to learn how to build self confidence, and increase self esteem.
Being a stay at home parent, and a homemaker is a career that should be respected as such. However, when women put themselves in vulnerable positions, this is where they get into trouble.
Many parents have discovered that sometimes schools aren't the best place to get an education -- or the safest place to be for children. Questionable practices occur without the consent, or against the will of parents, and so-called authorities are overstepping their boundaries when it comes to children.
Many parents have discovered the benefits of homeschooling, and mid-wives. They've discovered that clean, healthy breast milk is superior to sterile, chemical, and genetically modified formulas.
Becoming informed is how to build self confidence as a parent. Informed mothers are empowered mothers -- with authority.
Look up just about anything that has ever been invented or created in the world, and there is a man's name attached to it. Is it because women lack creative ability? No, it's because oppressed people aren't very creative. I'm not encouraging women to view themselves as victims, because a huge part of gaining self confidence, is realizing that you are in control of your life. However, it is a fact that women have been oppressed, regardless of the cause.
Creative expression is a great way to build self esteem and confidence. Our Self Esteem Activities page has some fun and effective ideas to spark your creativity.
Women judge themselves by their looks, more than men judge them for their looks. To be happy, women must overcome media and body image brainwashing, learn how to build self confidence, and feel comfortable in their own skin. The Standard American Diet, or SAD, and the ideal female body image as projected by the media are two sides of a dual edged sword.
"And God spoke in a voice that was neither male nor female" That's a quote from the Bible. Why then, do all great spiritual teachings -- that are recognized as "religions" -- come from the mouths of men?
Our ability to reproduce shouldn't define us. We, as human beings, are far more than that. Motherhood is a wonderful thing, but like fatherhood, it is only a part of our life purpose -- if that is our choice. Children grow up and move away, and many women are left feeling depressed -- without a purpose.
We need to consider that perhaps women have been conditioned, and programmed to revolve their entire lives around raising children -- just as many men are conditioned to labor, and sacrifice most of their lives to provide for their families. Perhaps we all, men and women need to examine the possibility that there is more to life than reproduction, and preparing for death.
I'm not suggesting that we stop having families and live alone -- far from it. Living in families and communities empowers and enriches our lives. What we need, what we are missing, is more joy and purpose to our lives-- finding our bliss and following it.
Maybe having a big, moneymaking career isn't necessary, or desirable to you however, being able to do what you enjoy most is. Life supports us, and when we do what we love to do, we are provided for. Many "work at home moms" have had great fun, and made lots of money building an online business -- such as the one I have built here.
Do you dream of freedom...
It's impossible to have a good relationship without equality. Women must stop looking up to men, and learn how to build self confidence in their own feminine energy. Too many women don't know their own power and potential.
Even when they are well provided for by their husbands, the unexpected, and unprepared for, can happen to women who lack personal power and independence.
Considering the amount of domestic abuse, and violence that women experience everyday, it ought to be evident by now that women must build self esteem, and start learning to make choices that empower them -- learning to build self confidence in their ability to move throughout the world safely.
If you enjoyed this article and would like to learn more about how to build self confidence, and self esteem, stick around, and check out our free self esteem worksheets, and other self esteem building activities.
"As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world."~Virginia Woolf
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