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12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

Do you know what a feminist looks like? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

So what does this actually look like in the real world?

Feminism comes in many different shapes and forms. A feminist could be the woman that advocates for her own life. The one who goes ahead and gets up and lives her life the way she wants to. She does this against the odds, sometimes having to fight against her culture, religion, patriarchy, military, media, or family.

She is the one who decides that she has a right to live according to her own plans, as the poet Mary Oliver says: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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They don’t talk, they do. They are.

womenhorse

    The equestrian woman, bold and strong.

    femalecops

      The policewomen protecting the streets of NYC.

      femaleguitar

        The woman who rocks!

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        bride

          The bride who chooses when and whom to marry.

          femaledoctor

            The female doctor.

            actorfemale

              The female actress.

              femalerunner

                The woman who runs. In the mud.

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                  Women in the military.

                  womanonharley

                    The woman riding the Harley.

                    writerfemale

                      The female writer and author.

                      emmawatson

                        While the popular image of feminism is women like Gloria Stienem, who blaze trails in history, don’t forget to look around at the women that are going ahead and walking the walk.

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                        Emma Watson, the young actress of Harry Potter fame, recently gave a moving speech at the UN about feminism. Here’s a quote:

                        “When… at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

                        What Watson speaks about, millions of women are living and breathing: the right to choose their lives.

                        Feminism advocates need us to live our lives the way we desire it, and to help other women in our lives do the same. They are atthe podiums but so are the women in these images. The images of these women and other women in many other choices of their lives can inspire you to see what the result of feminism is and can be for the entire world.

                        Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mara_earthlight/4000994423/ via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on August 16, 2018

                        10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                        10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                        The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                        In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                        Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                        1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                        What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                        Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                        2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                        Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                        How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                        Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                        Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                        3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                        One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                        Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                        4. See failure as a teacher

                        Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                        Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                        Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                        10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                        5. Take baby steps

                        Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                        Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                        Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                        The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                        6. Hang out with risk takers

                        There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                        Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                        7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                        Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                        Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                        8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                        What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                        9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                        Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                        If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                        10. Focus on the fun

                        Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

                        Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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