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Voices of Change – January 2013
Voices of Change: a word from the executive director
Find your inner voice
Over the past year, I’ve encouraged women and girls across our state to speak out about what’s important to them. As I’ve listened to personal stories of women who have faced issues surrounding domestic violence, human trafficking and incarceration, I’m struck by a common thread woven throughout these stories.
It’s a thread that stretches into the opinions of leaders, such as Dept. of Corrections Deputy Director Dr. Laura Pitman, who says one reason we have the highest female incarceration rate in the U.S. is because of the way young girls and women are treated.
The thread travels, winding tightly through the lives of so many of us…leading back to a deep-rooted lack of self-esteem. So deep-rooted that it’s a struggle for many of us to be empowered to find our inner voices amidst the demeaning messages we receive in the media, at work, in relationships, and many places in between.
So while encouraging women and girls to speak out, I’ve learned that we can’t speak out until we realize our self-worth and recognize the strength of our inner voices.
A healthy self-esteem begins early in life, and our young girls face an uphill challenge to retain feelings of value and to develop into strong women with clear voices. My daughters fight this battle along with their peers. It’s a daily struggle. Recognizing the need for positive messages, my 16-year-old daughter, Ripley, created a powerful video to encourage girls and women to realize their self-worth. You can view it by clicking here.
Be empowered. Find your inner voice. Use it.
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