Tuesday, March 25, 2014


7 Ways Women Can Empower and Uplift Each Other

Women rock. We are the backbone of families, movers and shakers in the business world, and catalysts for change in our communities.
But, unfortunately we don't always come together in support, friendship and solidarity, as we should.
 Many of us not realizing that there's great truth to the adage: "There is strength in numbers."

With this in mind, here are a few ways we can uplift, encourage and inspire, that are simple, quick and "fat-free", even.

1. Say “hello”, “good morning” or whichever greeting that is appropriate during the encounter.

2. Smile. A genuine smile is the one universal language that everyone understands. It is also the absolute smallest action you can take to bless someone else.

3. Speak life into their lives. Women have so many things going on at once – work, home, community and emotions – and just never know what someone is dealing with at any given time. Whenever possible, try to speak a kind, inspiring word to a sister.

4. Pay her a compliment. This is probably the best investment of words you can make on any day. Sincerely compliment a woman on things that are obvious: her beauty, outfit, shoes, purse or smile. If nothing immediately stands out, mention her gifts, talents and accomplishments or don’t say anything at all.

5. Give her a hug. If you have a personal relationship with the young lady, this is easy. If you don’t, you just ask for permission. If you are coming from a legitimate caring place, I’m sure she won’t say no.

6. Express your gratitude, appreciation or admiration in writing. This could be a blog post; a status update on your social site; virtual flowers; or a handwritten letter or card sent through snail mail.

7. Interview her and spread the word on your blog and social sites. This is one of the best ways to acknowledge another woman’s progress and accomplishments and share them with the world. Your interview can be in text, audio or video formats.

Since I know that confident, beautiful and intelligent women who mind their own business – literally and figuratively- are reading this article, I encourage you to make a conscious effort to empower and uplift another sister through one of the actions listed above. Guaranteed, you will be doubly blessed when you bless someone else.

Happy Women's History Month.

BIO: Marcie Hill, M.S. is an author, blogger, entrepreneur and social media expert from Chicago.