Hello beautiful people,
Today I will be highlighting Yvonne Coleman, in this weeks “The Power of Women Empowerment”.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself + what it is you do and where can we find you on social media?
My Name is Yvonne Coleman and I am a Mental Health Blogger that focuses on various topics such as self-love and authenticity.
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI with my mother and younger brother.
Seven days after my 17th birthday, my mother passed away suddenly from a traveling blood clot to the lungs.
After I finished high school, I started college a week later and have been in school ever since.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gendered Studies with a Double support in Psychology and Religious Studies.
I currently am enrolled at UWM-Milwaukee’s Community Engagement and Education Graduate Program.
My aspirations with my education are to develop a community that educates young women and girls on the importance of always remaining authentic and living their best lives with and through self-love.
2. What does women empowerment mean to you?
Effective leaders also make sure to encompass thoughts from an ecological perspective. As defined by the APA Dictionary of Psychology, the ecological perspective is the “concept of community psychology in which a community (or any other social entity) is viewed in terms of the interrelations among people, roles, organizations, local events, resources and problems. It accounts for complex reciprocal interactions of individuals and their environment. The premise of the ecological perspective is that intervention should contribute to the development of the entire community.” Many theorists believe that to be an effective leader, one also should have a good understanding of Community Psychology. Community Psychology as defined by the APA Dictionary, is “the sub-discipline of psychology that is concerned with understanding people in their context of their communities, their prevention of problems in living, the celebration of human diversity and the pursuit of social justice through social action.
Recognized for his effective and authentic leadership skills, Saul Alinsky was known for his work as an author and founder of modern community organizing, he was an inspiration to several leaders. Hand in hand with his education, his research, and his motivation to make changed in his community, Saul Alinsky spent time understanding communities and their needs. As a firm believer in indigenous leadership and aestheticism, Saul also believed that “The only way you can reach people is through their own representatives or their own leaders.” Native or Indigenous Leadership defined by Alinsky is the “fundamental importance in the attempt to build a People’s Organization, for without the support and co-operative efforts of native leaders any such venture is doomed to failure in the very beginning. These indigenous leaders are in a very true sense the real representatives of the people of the community. They have earned their position of leadership among their people and are accepted as leaders.” (Alinsky, pg. 87).
In the society that we live in today, there are community organized movements that take place every day. We see movements that are publicized locally, nationally, and globally in efforts to end a specific cause or promote awareness of a situation. We also hear of movements that are done privately. Of those movements, I automatically think of the feminist waves in our history. As most know, feminist psychology according to the APA Dictionary of Psychology is “an approach to psychological issues that empathizes the role of the female perspective in thought, action, and emotion in the life of individual and in society. It is seen by its proponents as an attempt to counterbalance traditional male-oriented and male-dominated psychology, as well as a model for similar approaches for other less represented groups.”
Feminism is a topic that is usually spoken of in political terms but is something that has started out to be public and researchers have found as the years have gone by, that this topic is still publicized but is also primarily only seen online. The first two movements were centered around women’s suffrage and the right to vote. Individuals like Sojourner Truth, who was a black feminist at the time focused on how she should be recognized as a woman no matter what her race was. In addition, the wave also encouraged women to fight for their social and economic justice. The most recent waves of the feminist movement embody gender equality and empower women to define their own beauty instead of being sexual objectives and body positivity.
As someone who is an advocate for young women and girls in the mental health field, I believe that I am a native leader. Many times, women can take on so many roles and responsibilities, we forget to remind ourselves that we can only handle so much or do so many things at a time. With that baggage we can get stressed, have anxiety, or even be diagnosed with depression, most of the time symptoms we ignore until it’s too late. Per Mental Health America, not only can depression be contributed by physical and neurological changes but also contributed by stress from work, family responsibilities, the roles and expectations of women and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty. In addition, approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year. As someone who has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I have vogued to be an advocate for young women and girls online by creating an online community that is used to educate them and encourage them to be their best authentic selves.
3. What do you love about women empowerment?
When it comes women empowerment, I believe that it is only the beginning.
For so many years women have lived in a form of silence and now women are slowly taking over the work force and are becoming so influential.
One thing I learned is that women who empower other women are the ones who are most successful.
4. What is something you’re willing to bring to women empowerment?
I am young, and I have been through so much starting as a young girl, and with that said, I know that I am not the only one who has suffered a lot of distraught and uncomfortable events in my life or have unresolved feelings of something or someone.
When we bottle up all those emotions, we are really doing damage to ourselves. One thing that I vow to bring to women empowerment and to myself is the reminder that we have purpose.
From the start of our first heartbeat, I remind myself and others that at that point, our passion and our purpose was in the process of developing and we must remind ourselves that sometimes we do have to go through challenging events to find out what that it.
For some its losing someone close to them, for others its losing a job or their education.
Those same individuals who have lost everything, are the same individuals who are so much stronger than they believe they are.
It’s that will power that will inspire and influence the next women who is experiencing the same thing or something similar that they did.
As women we are natural nurturers. We can uplift and that is true female empowerment; to be able to help a woman who is in need and to give that boost when they don’t have it, and to remind them that they are beautiful when no one else tells them, to remind them they have purpose.
5. How are you showing up for yourself and other women?
I am showing up for women the best way I know how and that is by remaining authentic with myself.
6. What are 3-5 things you value about being a woman?
I am Strong, Loyal, and I have Purpose.
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