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Jamilah Taib Murray founded Sakto Corporation, one of Ottawa's foremost property development and management companies. She is a long-time philanthropist with a particular dedication to fostering education for women and children, and female empowerment through promoting participation and leadership skills building
She replied without hesitation: "Well, Daisy was a bit bossy, Ella was showing off and Alice was a bit moody." I responded along the lines of "Oh well, we need bossy people, otherwise nothing would ever get done." and changed the subject. But it got me thinking. How should have I responded?
There is a wellspring of magic in women empowering other women. I would argue that it is one of the most transformational forces in the world for stretching our purpose on this planet. But I have witnessed that as powerful as we can be in uplifting each other, we are also a formidable force for bringing each other down.
What holiday would be complete without the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show? I'll be honest, I caught a glimpse of the show. It pained me to think of the negative thoughts it provoked in its female viewership. Would we as women feel more empowered and positive about our own body image if the models varied in sizes? And I'm not referring to a size 0 to size 4.
It seems shameful that a girl or young woman should feel consumed by the alleged cornerstones of physical beauty -- perfect weight, perfect measurements, and perfect skin. If you are a mother, an aunt, a teacher or a friend to a young girl or woman, you possess the power to mentor, to help change their minds about the meaning of being beautiful, thus rescuing their potential and redirecting them toward qualities that are worthy of cultivation.