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What is an empowered woman? According to Cambridge Dictionary, empower means “to give someone official authority or the freedom to do something.” Thus, an empowered woman is someone who is in control of their own lives, has the freedom to make choices and take action and ultimately has the ability to lead their own happy and productive lives.

We are empowered already because of our strength, power, skills and unique life experiences that make us beautiful and authentic. We do not need permission in order to unleash our power. However, we are often not reminded of our brilliance, leaving us feeling inadequate, not smart enough or not capable enough to achieve the things we want.

Here are six qualities that empowered women embody:

1. She knows her worth. An empowered woman knows what she is about, what she wants, and what she deserves. She knows that she is enough, just the way she is. She no longer needs to please other people or be affected by what people do or say about her. She does not define herself in her appearance, past mistakes, nor society’s expectations. She has boundaries and respects herself.

2. She is approachable and amiable. She carries a genuine warm smile with her and does not discriminate against anyone. Her open heart and pure intentions make others feel at ease with her. She gives off a calm and confident vibe and is open to communication from others. She makes an effort to see things from an outside perspective and welcomes new cultural viewpoints.

3. She knows how to communicate effectively. An empowered woman is capable of delivering her message and making herself understood. Instead of merely choosing the right words and saying things to manipulate or please others, she understands the importance of respect for the other party when voicing her point across. She does not let her emotions lead her in a conversation but rather engages with others in a calm and rational state.

4. She shows vulnerability. Empathy writer and researcher Dr. Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Thus, an empowered woman understands that vulnerability allows her to be open to change as change requires serious, honest self-analysis. Being vulnerable also allows her to build intimacy with trusted people by allowing them to see her real self.

5. She never stops learning. An empowered woman understands that learning is a lifelong process. She finds a way to grow and develop everyday. She views failures as opportunities for growth. She seeks to improve all aspects of her life, whether it is cultivating a gratitude practice, learning a new skill, or reading books. She appreciates the value of her mind and invests in it.

6. She stands up for her beliefs and challenges the status quo. Instead of going along with what society thinks is right, an empowered woman is not afraid to challenge society rules and norms when she sees a problem. She takes risks against traditions graciously but determinedly because she refuses to behave in ways that go against her core beliefs just to please others.

These qualities help us recognise how we can take full control of our lives. Let us recognise our authentic and powerful self, go after our goals and dreams, and leave behind things that no longer serve us.

Written by: Joy