Over the holidays I was relishing the thought of diving into Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming.
I expected to be impressed by her story, and I wasn’t disappointed. She may be the President’s wife, but she’s a real success story in her own right and the information about life in the White House was fascinating.
However I didn’t expect to find myself totally impacted and inspired to take action because of her words. But I am.
Throughout the book she describes the work she has done to empower young girls, encouraging them to become all that they can be, no matter where they live – in the States, Africa or the UK. She believed that they didn’t have to be invisible and should share their light with the world.
But it was when she described how one person can make a difference in the life of a young girl, just by showing that she mattered and that someone cared, that I realized that this was something we could do at Company of Women.
At the conference we usually get behind a charity that supports women and girls, and this year I had been leaning towards financially helping women entrepreneurs, a truly worthy cause, but I have changed my mind.
I believe we need to go deeper and get back to the roots of self-doubt and support young girls in their formative years, because then we can make a true difference. For that reason, I would like us to not only financially support Girls Inc, but look at ways we can get actively involved, perhaps by volunteering or speaking to a group of girls at their summer camps, or taking on a mentoring role.
I know first hand what a difference we can make by taking an interest in a young woman. Over the holidays I heard back from one of my students and she advised that she’d taken on a leadership role at university, something she’d never have done before she’d worked with me. That made me feel warm inside.
Girls Inc. supports girls 6-18, providing programs that focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls to value, discover and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face.
While a US based charity, there are several Girls Inc. groups in Canada, many based where we run our chapters – Halton, Durham, Guelph, Toronto and so it feels like a good fit.
Over the next few months, I plan to explore more how we can get involved. Stay tuned.
What do you think? Are you game?
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.