I don’t believe that the accident of birth makesMAYA ANGELOU
people sisters or brothers. It makes them
siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage.
Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition
people have to work at.
As women, we often face many challenges and obstacles in our lives, especially as we get older. We may struggle with health issues, career transitions, family responsibilities, financial stress, and social isolation. We may also encounter sexism, ageism, and discrimination in our workplaces and communities. That’s why we need to support each other and create a sisterhood of solidarity and strength.
Research shows that women who support women are more successful in their personal and professional lives. Women who have a network of well-connected peers and close female friends are more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay. Women who have mentors and sponsors who advocate for them are more likely to advance in their careers and overcome barriers. Women who have supportive female colleagues are more likely to be happy, productive, and resilient at work.
But supporting other women is not only good for our careers. It’s also good for our health, happiness, and well-being. Women who have strong social ties with other women are more likely to live longer, cope better with stress, and have lower risk of chronic diseases. Women who have meaningful friendships with other women are more likely to experience joy, gratitude, and fulfillment in their lives.
So how can we support each other as we get older? Here are some ways:
- Celebrate each other’s achievements and milestones. Whether it’s a promotion, a retirement, a birthday, or a personal goal, let’s cheer each other on and acknowledge our accomplishments.
- Share our wisdom and experiences with each other. Whether it’s a skill, a lesson, a tip, or a story, let’s pass on our knowledge and insights to help each other grow and learn.
- Offer our help and resources to each other. Whether it’s a referral, a recommendation, a connection, or a favor, let’s lend a hand and open doors for each other when we can.
- Listen to each other’s challenges and frustrations. Whether it’s a problem, a complaint, a vent, or a cry, let’s be there for each other and offer our empathy and compassion.
- Encourage each other’s dreams and aspirations. Whether it’s a hobby, a passion, a project, or a mission, let’s inspire each other and motivate each other to pursue what makes us happy.
We don’t have to do this alone. We have each other. We have the power of sisterhood. Let’s use it to lift each other up and make our golden years shine brighter.