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The Unsilenced Speaks

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

๐ˆ ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐žโ€”๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐.

I saw this quote by Malala Yousafzai today and thought, "what an empowering woman, what an empowering word." Then I smiled.


I smiled because this is exactly the reason why I started living my life the way that I do now, to be a voice for the voiceless and give power to the powerless.


Many moons ago, I remember working in an extremely toxic environment and feeling powerless. I felt powerless because many horrible things were going on and it felt as if no one, not even me, had the power to do anything about it.


I remember specifically working under a supervisor that made it his life's mission to torment me daily, with his unwanted affection towards me. I remember suffering in silence through the sexual harassment and being at his mercy because I could not afford to lose my job.


The sheer terror of losing my job was enough for me to remain silent.


I remember the fear of being victimized if I spoke up because he was in close cahoots with senior management and when I compared my physical appearance compared to how he looked I truly felt that no one would believe that he could remotely be interested in me.


So I silently suffered because he had the power to control me.


I remember getting physically ill and having to take medical leave from work because of the stress I felt when I thought of going to the office to face him another day.


I remember being on the brink of anxiety and depression because there is nothing more debilitating than having a voice and not being able to speak.


When I became empowered, things changed.


I remember the day that another woman who was already empowered, empowered me to speak. I remember it because it was the day that he made his last sexual advance towards me.


I was on my way to lunch with an older female friend and she saw what he was doing to me. She saw a fear in me that was so raw and real that she didn't even recognize the woman standing in front of her.


She said, "Who is it that is making you so uncomfortable that you can't speak? I've never seen you like this in all our years together. Who is it?"


I remember feeling guilty and so ashamed to even tell her what was happening but I eventually gave in because she wasn't letting up and I'm so glad she didn't because that conversation changed my life.


So, tell me...


Who is making you feel powerless?

Who or what is making you so uncomfortable, that you can't be true to yourself?


What are the circumstances that have stripped you of the right to sound your voice?

What is holding you back from live life as a woman who feels empowered?


No one has that right or power to make you feel powerless except you let them.


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