By Ifeoma Aduba
Executive Director, A Woman’s Place
When my younger daughter was in third grade, she struggled with her math confidence. It wasn’t that she couldn’t do math, she just struggled with her confidence in her ability to do math. One day, as she worked on her math homework, I overheard her singing I’ve Got the Power. After taking a moment to quickly flash back to 1990 and the infectious nature of Snap!’s electronic dance hit, I thought to myself… genius.
Power is our ability to do or act. It makes us capable of accomplishing something. When my daughter’s lack of confidence was blocking her from accessing her power, this gift of a teacher creatively found a way through song to empower her and help her to empower herself.
There truly is a critical nature to power. Oprah Radio host, Dr. Robin Smith, emphasizes the importance of being in control of one’s own power. To be in control of your life, you must be in control of your power. If we aren’t in control of our power, it is likely because someone else has taken that control and ownership. Power influences our decision making, our relationships, and how we exist in the world. For women and girls, who have often struggled for well-deserved recognition of their accomplishments and contributions to society rather than be relegated to the footnotes of history, power is vital.
Forbes, in The World’s Most Powerful Women 2013, recognized “women that go beyond the traditional taxonomy of the power elite.” They were women considered change-agents shifting “our very idea of clout and authority and, in the process, transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.” Access to our personal power has and will continue to bring about transformational change in ways we should challenge ourselves to dream about and commit ourselves to achieving.
March is National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. This is a time to celebrate the tenacity of women. Look around you. Without doubt, you have been witness to women who have tapped into their power and courageously used that power for the good of others, the community, and the world. They are leaving legacies of all shapes and sizes and impacting the lives of everyone – women, girls, men, and boys.
Power is critical. Tap into it.
About the Author: Ifeoma U. Aduba is executive director of A Woman’s Place, the only domestic violence community benefit organization serving Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has more than 15 years of professional experience within the community benefit sector, is an avid volunteer, has two beautiful daughters, and finds time to run five days a week. Ifeoma blogs weekly for A Woman’s Place. This blog post was originally published on that website on March 6, 2014.