What is your superpower?
It’s that time of year when we celebrate the life’s work of the many Queens 👑 who have come before us. Thinking about the foundations they’ve laid renews my strength and beliefs. But there’s still more work to be done. So, this Women’s History Month I celebrate all the Queens who are doing the work. I celebrate your resilience, your beauty, your power, and your strength. You are limitless! I know it may not feel that way sometimes, so I’ve recorded a video to spell it out for you:
Identify what makes you amazing and own it. As you do this, make sure you’re bringing others along with you. That’s what it means to make #QueenMovesOnly. And this applies to all you Kings as well.
Whether you’re a Queen or a King making moves, it’s important that we continue to find ways to boost others as we make our own history. Check out my highlights for this month and discover more ways to make powerful moves just like the Queens that came before us.
- When I think about the ways that women have made and will make history in 2023, the women’s movement in Iran naturally comes to mind. These young women are unstoppable in their desire to claim their place in society. Their efforts have resulted in opportunities for change, bringing with them an undeniable force to be reckoned with. Their voices are loud and impactful. This Women’s History Month, I challenge you to uplift and amplify the voice of someone who deserves to be heard. For me, I’ve chosen to support artists who use their voices for the movement. Consider supporting organizations that are assisting the women of Iran who are demanding the change they deserve. Here are two resources that can help you get started: Stand up for women and How to help Iranian women.
- The overturning of Roe V. Wade last June has had implications beyond a woman’s right to choose. Recently, I partnered with Sylvia Ghazarian, Executive Director of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) to give voice to this fight; we co-authored an OpEd that we shared with a number of national publications. It is Bigger than Roe. This decision has a disproportionate impact on Black women, and other POC, and will have implications on equity for years. I use my pen and my voice to bring attention to these issues. Today, I invite you to support WRRAP and use the hashtag #KwanzaLovesWRRAP on social media so I can celebrate YOU!
- Last month, José and I made a donation to World Central Kitchen in response to the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. I love that WCK arrives and partners with locals to provide food for victims. This approach gives people purpose, creates community, provides shelter, and fuels innovation. They give hope to the people through their interactions with them. José Andres is the epitome of “Boosting Humanity, Powering Possibilities.” I am proud to support such an amazing organization.
- “Be a lady,” they said. “Be a QUEEN,” we said! And that’s what Samara Hernandez is – a Queen. As the founding partner of Chingona Ventures, she is making Queen Moves Only in the venture capital space by investing in diverse founders and making sure that women and minorities get more venture capital funding than they currently do. Women like Samara and organizations like Chingona Ventures strengthen my belief in the work that we do and the history we’re making as Queens.
Earlier this month in the Boost Friends™ Community, we discussed the impact of the women surrounding us. So tell me, what are some ways the women in your life contributed to the person you are today? Let me know in the comments here. If you’re not already a member, go here to sign up.
Who loves you? I do!
Bye for now,
Upcoming: A few months have passed since we watched that ball drop into 2023. So, are things going according to plan? Do you still have control over your life or does it seem like it’s following a direction determined by others? In the next Kwanza Jones Chronicles, I’ll be sharing some tips on mindfulness and how to stay in control. Until then, stay SUPERCHARGED.