Growing up, I often found it difficult to feel empowered, motivated, or inspired. Sometimes I still struggle with these concepts. No one ever taught me to think about empowerment. It didn’t fit the curriculum at school or have a dominant place at home, and the concept was often overlooked. The meaning of the word was something I knew only by basic definition, and it did not play an active role in my life.
However, when I think of empowerment now, I think of other young women that are facing the same challenges I am. Whether it is their career, their mental and physical well-being, or anything else, seeing other women accomplish their goals pushes me towards a stronger and more confident version of myself. Amanda Gorman is one of these women.
Amanda Gorman, American author and activist, empowers me not only as a woman but also as a writer. A graduate of Harvard University, Gorman has written for The New York Times and is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. She is also currently working on three books with Penguin Random House. At just twenty-three years old, Gorman has accomplished so much and is one of the many women I look to when I need a push.
As a writer, I find it hard to be confident in my voice, my choices, my opinions, and my career. Seeing other women succeed, especially in my professional field, reminds me that big things are possible and that I am capable of succeeding as well.