Why We Should Stand in Our Power, Especially as Women of Color

 

Many of us are faced with situations where a random person will treat us disrespectfully and, in the moment, we’re unsure of how to react. But as we learn to stand up for ourselves — to stand in our power — we claim the respect we deserve, which serves as an important building block for our self-esteem and self-worth.

In this week’s video, I share an unbelievable story of something that happened to me a few months ago at a busy coffee shop, which I truly believe would not have happened had I been an older white man. Instead of shutting down in the hostile interaction (which many of us do in uncomfortable situations), I found the power to stand up for myself. Simply doing that ended up dramatically changing the entire encounter for me, from an uncomfortable moment to a moving experience.

Watch my video to find out what happened and how standing in our power, especially as women of color, is such an important thing we can do for ourselves.