Say something nice.
Monitor your comments about yourself, your daughter and other women. Show her - by example - how to build others up, not tear them down.
Starting in childhood, girls are inundated with negative messages and behaviors that prevent them from building healthy relationships and ideals about their potential.
Be her role model.
The family is the first place a girl develops her sense of self, who she is and who she wants to become. Parents that are informed can create an environment that encourages and supports her in achieving her full potential. Support her in discovering her talents and encourage her interests. Interest - not just expertise - should be motivation enough.
Research Before you Vote
As of 2021, women hold 27% of US Congressional seats (House of Representatives and Senate combined).
The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Use it! Do your research so you are informed about where candidates stand on the issues that are important to you.
Avoid negative terms.
Why is a girl "bossy," but a boy is "ambitious?" Shouldn't a girl throw like a girl? Avoid words and terms that stereotype girls and women as somehow "less than" a male.
Take the Pledge!
Women can #standbesideher in so many ways. Be a part of the movement by taking the Stand Beside Her Pledge for Women. Share pictures of you and your friends taking the pledge with us! Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join or Create a Corporate Women's Affinity Group
Corporate women's affinity groups offer a great opportunity for women in the workplace to band together to do great things both in the office and in the community at large.
Major corporations such as FedEx, AutoZone and ServiceMaster all have officially recognized corporate women's organizations to which all female employees can belong and - through them - become involved in community service projects and in-house events that foster meaningful female-to-female relationships that enhance the corporate experience and contribute to a more positive, female-friendly work environment.
If your organization offers such an affinity group, get involved and use the flyer linked here to spread the word about the Stand Beside Her Movement! If your organization does not already offer such a group - Stand Beside Her and start one today!
Encourage female veteran employees to go have coffee or lunch with a junior staff member. Invite new hires to shadow senior employees on projects and in committees. Having female mentors is especially important to young women as they navigate the unique challenges of becoming a successful, thriving woman in both their professional and personal lives.
Support Nonprofits that Help Girls and Women
Volunteer or donate to nonprofits that work on improving the lives of women and girls. Take part in female-centered organizations that make a real difference in their communities.
Create a Culture of Support
67% of women rate mentorship as highly important in helping to advance and grow their careers, yet 63% of women have never had a formal mentor.