A number of years ago, I wrote a post entitled, “I Am Woman~Hear Me Roar!”. Obviously based on the Helen Reddy song of the same name, popular in the last century. It was early in my blogging ‘career’ and designed to encourage women – all women – to engage the power each inherently holds.
I was reminded of my blog piece when I saw a recent post on a social media group stressing the same sentiment about being an empowered woman. However, with one distinct difference. The post ended as follows:
“I Am An Empowered Black Woman.”
The line took me aback. In fact, it made me a bit angry. For the reason that again, women were being categorized. This time by race. But it could have easily been by ethnicity, age or any other defining characteristic over which none of us have any control! So at the risk of offending, I decided to write my last post of 2014 relating my feelings about categorizing us gals by anything other than who we are. And that’s a WOMAN!
First, I have no control over my race, ethnic background or age. I am Caucasian because I was born of two Caucasian parents. I am Greek, German and Anglo-Saxon because that’s the ethnic heritage of my parents, grandparents and great, great, great folks going back eons. I am ‘vintage’ because I’ve had the blessed good fortune to live a good many years due to the genes handed me by my ancestors (and, I might add, the Grace of Heavenly Papa). All the above are who I am for no other reason than birth!
Now character is another matter. I do have considerable control over that. I can choose to be an upstanding woman who seeks to do things by the law and the “books” as the old saying goes. Or I can choose to be a wretched wench. Since I had reasonably good parenting, I choose to let PAPA develop a desire for righteous standing in His sight and that of others. But I’m free to have chosen otherwise – thus developing a less than savory character.
The point I make is that each woman brings to the table that which she had no control over, as well as the character she has chosen to live out in life – operative word – “chosen”. None of which has an iota to do with her race, ethnicity, age or any other defining quality over which she has not made a choice.
Regardless of the color of our complexion, the land of our heritage or the years we have taken breath; we can be empowered. In fact, we are called to permit ourselves full empowerment.
PAPA doesn’t intend for us to live wimpy lives. He prods us to become fully the woman He has designed us to be. And that includes being “empowered” in every way possible. Of course, we know that with Him – all things are possible! Last time I looked, that includes becoming fully the woman He sees when He looks at you – at me!
We must stop dividing ourselves into groups – black over there; white over here; Asian over yonder and all other nationalities, races and ethnic groups somewhere else in the room. While I understand that some races feel a need to set themselves apart; it does nothing to engender a sense of belonging among us who are part of one common community _ _ _ _ WOMAN!
In fact, I believe it does more harm than good. It creates division and dilutes the opportunity to lift each other up in ways that insures the full empowerment of all. The Christian community has diluted its power by dividing into a multitude of denominations arguing over things that have nothing to do with the kingdom, thus p_ _ _ _ _ g away the power inherent in the faith.
The same is true for women – especially women in business. When we label ourselves by race, ethnic background or age; we dilute the power given us for no other reason than we were born female!
So today, as we begin to let go of the old to take hold of the new; let’s decide to put away the labels. As women, we have innate power that hides in our loins for reasons only God knows. It hides for reasons that we need to ferret out, work through and then let it rip!
Most of all, we need to begin 2015 with the empowering statement that follows ~
WE are Empowered WOMEN! Hear US Roar. . .
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner
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[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2382941337/pjm5n494765lxfks49h7_400x400.jpeg[/author_image] [author_info]My passion is to see women become all they are designed to be – personally and professionally. I write, teach, mentor and coach with that passion in mind. As an author and prolific blogger, I reach out to women in all walks of life, especially women of faith to empower and equip them for greatness. [/author_info] [/author]