Throughout history, women have faced numerous challenges and barriers that have prevented them from achieving their full potential. From limited access to education and employment opportunities to gender-based discrimination and bias, women have had to navigate a complex and often unfair landscape. However, despite these challenges, women have continued to thrive and succeed, thanks in part to the power of female role models.
Role models play a critical role in shaping our beliefs and behaviors, especially during our formative years. They can inspire us to pursue our goals and dreams, encourage us to overcome obstacles and provide us with the guidance and support we need to succeed. Maybe your mom is your role model, your sister, a teacher you had in school... Female role models, in particular, are essential for empowering and uplifting women, especially in industries or fields that have historically been dominated by men.
Here are five reasons why female role models are important:
1. They inspire young women to pursue their goals and dreams: Seeing women who have achieved success in their chosen fields can be incredibly inspiring for young girls and women. It can help them envision a future where they too can accomplish great things, regardless of the barriers they may face.
2. They break down gender stereotypes: Female role models can challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes, showing that women can excel in any field or industry. This is important for promoting gender equality and empowering women to pursue their passions, regardless of societal expectations. This holds especially true for industries that are traditionally male-dominated such as the Tech industry.
3. They provide mentorship and guidance: Female role models can serve as mentors and guides for young women, offering advice and support as they navigate their own career paths. This can be especially important for women who may not have access to other female mentors or role models.
4. They promote diversity and inclusion: Having a diverse range of female role models can help promote greater diversity and inclusion in industries and fields that have historically been dominated by men. This can help create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for women, encouraging them to pursue their goals without fear of discrimination or bias.
5. They create a legacy of success: Female role models can inspire future generations of women to pursue their goals and dreams, creating a legacy of success that extends far beyond their own achievements. This can help pave the way for greater gender equality and opportunities for women in the future.
Female role models are incredibly important for empowering and uplifting women, inspiring them, and showing them what is possible. If one woman has broken the glass ceiling, it shows all women that it can (and should) be broken. “We cannot be what we cannot see.” If we don’t see people that look like us, whether of the same gender, skin color, or any other marker, it's a lot more difficult to believe that we can achieve these goals.
Who are the role models in your life?
By Rebecca Willems
Femme Lead Team