Dear Hope: I Want To Improve

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope:

How can young women improve in today’s society? –Ready to Grow

Dear Ready to Grow:

What an inspiring question. It demonstrates that you’re ready to do your part in creating a better society for women. To answer your question, there are several ways young women can improve in today’s society. If you are speaking from a personal perspective, here are a few tips:

  • Continue to increase your knowledge. Never stop learning.
  • Love yourself! By doing so, you’ll position yourself to help other young women realize their own worth. Note: 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking and drinking. This compares with only 25 percent of girls with high-esteem.
  • Be a person of integrity with your actions, words and deeds.

If you’re asking from a corporate and/or community standpoint, here are a few tips:

  • Obtain the highest level of education you can.
  • Pursue the highest level of leadership within your chosen career field. Women have more opportunities to effect change when they sit at the highest levels of leadership.
  • Pursue leadership positions in your community, state, country and world. Run for office or serve on a board of directors.
  • Mentor another young woman and nurture her to success.
  • Get involved with a great cause (whether educational, environmental, economic, or other) and identify what role you can play in that cause.
  • And last, but certainly not least, embrace the power of womanhood. Being a woman, being a lady, is an absolutely amazing thing! We are beautiful, intelligent and delicate creatures crafted with a portion of strength like no other being.

I hope everything works out for you! VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to, or Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester, IL.


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