So, the other day, I came across an article on stories of inspirational women and one exceptional one struck me. The headline read, “This Very Determined New Mom Took Her College Exam While in Labor”.

I sat down to read the very short but inspiring and amazing article. I read the story over and over and continuously stared at the picture of Tommitrise Collins which showed her in the hospital, wearing the hospital gown and with what looked like a BP cuff strapped around her upper arm. With her laptop in front of her, I am sure she was pushing aside every pain from the contraction as she took the test. I was in awe of her strength and all I could say was “She is amazing”.

Just like Tommitrise Collins, I believe there are a lot of strong women out there who are also extremely dedicated to achieving their set goals and wouldn’t allow anything or anyone stand in the way. Education, as can be seen in Collins story, is imperative in the drive to succeed.

No more would women sit back and be taken for granted or seen as second class citizens in this so-called “man’s world”. We are a resilient, enthusiastic, energetic, enlightened, resolute, entrepreneurial, empowered and enterprising bunch. We do not let our emotional and soft feminine side get to be the better part of us though it is from this feminine side that our strength arises because we share from the depths of our hearts.

We look to make a brand of ourselves and to show to the world that our worth doesn’t end in taking care of the home or doing just chores. We are a voice to be heard. We are people to be celebrated. We are an awesome and an amazing lot. Beginning to sound like a woman activist, right? Well, until the world acknowledges gender equality and accepts that women are just as good in positions of power as are men, the dialogue goes on.

But hey, fabulous chic, for all of these praises to take effect, we really must be all of it. Those days of settling for mediocrity are over. For your voice to be heard; for you to be recognized, you really have to do much more than you are doing now.

You have to make a brand of yourself. You are a woman of talents. Remember how good you are at multi-tasking? While caring for the child, you do the chores, prepare meals, take care of the laundry, and attend to the “special needs” of hubby? Well, let all these now be evident in your professional life.

Look deep within yourself and figure out those areas you really do excel in. Think fast and hard as this is not the time to sit at home and let your hubby be the ATM. Alice Walker said, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”.

The respect and self-worth you so desire from your husband and the world don’t magically appear. You have to work at it. Make your own contributions not just at the home front but also in your immediate community and the world at large. Carve a niche for yourself in the world and build an empire.

You are super smart and intelligent. You are innovative and deep within, you have the capabilities of making a groundbreaking effect in the world. You are strong. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag –- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water”. You can do this. Like a ripple, start small and watch the maximum effect you have on others.

What is that talent you have so neglected because you felt it wouldn’t pay you? What is that gift you have that you think people would laugh at? Enough with the self-condemnation already. You are worth much more than you think. Stop listening to the voices that tell you any different. You just need to be an expert in that your desired area and you would see how it would turn your life around.

PHOTO CREDIT: Art Becomes You

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