Times right now are confusing, painful and uncertain. Empower Her supports you.
It seems as though 2020 is turning into a year of repeated history - a health pandemic and Civil Rights protests, only all taking place at the same time. As the world starts to ease up and open up from one historical crisis, our country faces another. The massive scale protests that are happening right now on our streets are the very essence of our American voice, calling for justice for people of color and the end to police brutality. Having to face either of these crises is uncomfortable and painful. But if we do nothing, we lose. In the case of COVID-19, we are seeing drops in transmissions because we are taking action wearing masks and social distancing and in the case of the protests, it is those who are finding a way to use their voice in this matter, however that may be. It may be having an honest conversation with your children about race and inclusivity, it may be donating to an organization supporting the cause, it may be going to church to pray or it may be marching in the streets. Empower Her stands with our Black friends, neighbors, classmates and mothers.
At Empower Her, we set out to provide girls with a social emotional education to go out into the world with confidence knowing that they have the tools to stand up to the adversities they will ultimately face in their lives as women. Not too long ago it was us in the streets fighting for #MeToo, which is also far from over. We encourage you to find your voice in whatever way that you see fit, as you continue to see the light that sparks your confidence as girls and women.
From one girls/women's nonprofit to another, Empower Her has identified an organization that we have made a donation to who's mission is similar to ours, but the programs and support are geared towards young African American women: blackgirlssmile.org
I leave you with a quote from Michelle Obama in response to the death of George Floyd:
"Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets."