3 Simple Ways to Empower Other Women

As a girl, I feel very passionately about strong and stable girl friendships. As you’re navigating through the school years, keeping other women close can be really hard. I always observe an element of competition between the ladies for other girl friends, school, boys…like all of us women are on The Bachelor, life edition…all of the time. Holding onto strong girl friendships is SO important, so I’ve jotted down three simple ways you can keep these things in tact.

1. Listen

The most simple but hardest thing to do for anybody is to just listen. That’s it. Put your phone away, make eye contact, and ask questions. My dad always taught me that when someone is telling you a story, ask 2 or 3 questions in return before turning the conversation to yourself/sharing your own story. I’ve found this gets me a long way in conversations with girlfriends, and when someone does this to me, I feel appreciated, accepted, and empowered – and all because someone is truly listening.

2. Stay informed

Ladies, the political world is a messed up one. This election…yikes. As a woman, and as a woman who wants to empower other women, it is key that you stay up to date with politics regarding, well, YOU. Do your research, read creditable sources, and support your party. This tip isn’t as up close and personal as being a good listener, but rather it addresses the bigger picture and all of us women as a whole.

A super quick and easy way to stay up to date is to subscribe to theSkimm. You get a daily newsletter sent to your inbox that keeps you informed on all things politics. Woo!

3. Cheer

I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there’s enough sun for everybody.”

Finally, this tip is closely related with #1, but it is so, SO important that you CHEER. Seriously just be happy for other people. That’s it. Count your blessings, spread love, and be genuinely and intentionally joyful for your girlfriends. They deserve it. I know it for a fact.

So. That’s it. 3 things you can do if you want to be a better girl friend. Give your BFF a call today and tell her how freakin’ cool she is.

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  • Love that quote at the end. Empowering other women is so important and your tips are great!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • mckenna bleu

    I love this post! The quote in the beginning is so cute!

  • Carly Ned

    Okay… we are meant to be blog BFFs HA! I absolutely love this post!! I literally just finished writing a post, #eliminategirlhate that I’m posting Friday and you’ll have to check it out 🙂 All of these tips are so important. When women support each other, incredible things happen! And the quote “I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there’s enough sun for everybody.” So true.

    Xoxo http://thecarlycollective.wixsite.com/mysite

  • Michelle Champalanne

    This is seriously so cute!! I love these tips. It’s so true about cheering other people on. I feel like when you’re genuinely happy for others, you become a happy person, too.


  • Miss ALK

    Amen to this! My heart has literally been broken in both high school and college by some very dysfuctional female friendships ending. Picking solid friendships is so important!

    xoxo A

  • Bryn Doubledee

    I love love love this. Never thought of the 2-3 question thing. I’m gonna be more conscious of myself when I listen to others and ask more questions!

    Bryn || The Wine Chronicles

  • I love what you said in this post. Your dads advice is one that I will to use more often in my daily life. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  • Greta Hollar

    I love this. I whole heartedly agree that we girls need to stick together and support each other in our dreams and passions! Be a cheerleader is my favorite!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • I love this! I especially love be a cheerleader and the quote you chose for that- so so true! And I love theSkimm too!


  • Elly Leavitt

    listening is such an underrated and important skill! x

  • Lauren @ atipsygypsylife.com

    This is so very important! I led an anti-bully group at a middle school in New Orleans last year- was so surprised at how much they ended up enjoying the sessions.

    Women gotta stick together these days 💪🏻💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿

  • Love this post!! I think listening is the biggest thing!


  • Cheering is so important. I love celebrating the wins of my girlfriends!!

  • Cat

    LISTEN! That is why girls love significant others with great listening skills.

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    YESS! Keep on empowering women through POSITIVITY! Thanks for sharing. XO