It is looking inside to find your own true voice and gifts and sharing them in pursuit of a better life and a better world.
What swagger is NOT:
It is not arrogance or power over or dominating or being better.
Swagger in Athletics: Nickie McCarty
Nickie McCarty has swagger. She has to. She works in a job that is traditionally held by men; she is the Athletic Director at Taos High School, in Taos NM. Although she has always been an athlete and also been a coach, she doesn’t feel bound to fit any stereotypes or meet anyone’s expectations of how she should look or act. Nickie played volleyball, basketball, golf and ran track in high school and continued to pursue volleyball at the college [.....]
Soccer Swagger: Ariana Lopez
Ariana Lopez plays soccer and lives her life with swagger. Ariana was on a panel with me last October at the Empower the Girl conference. She talked about finding her own confidence in life and playing soccer. I’m so glad that she is sharing her story with us as the fourth installment in our series Girls and Women who Swagger in the Outdoors. Ariana says “I am an athlete. I am 15, going on 16, and I am a part of [.....]
Swagger in the Forest: Mary Murphy, Huntress
The third installment in our series on Girls and Women who Swagger in the Outdoors features Mary Murphy. Like Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games, Mary is at home in the forest and comfortable with hunting, as well. Mary is 31 and lives in the mountains of central Vermont. After eight years of working as a wilderness guide and on trail crews, she started her own wilderness business focused on woodswoman skill classes and spiritually-focused wilderness trips. You can read more [.....]
Overcoming Fears and Finding your Swagger on a Bike
Up next in our series on Girls and Women who Swagger in the Outdoors is Brenda Staab. Brenda describes her love of biking and also how she has overcome her fears, so she can ride over mountain passes. Here is Brenda’s story – Why I love my sport I love biking for many reasons. I find it to be an incredible workout, and especially enjoy riding up hills and mountain passes because it gets my heart rate up for extended [.....]
America’s Got Talent and So Does Laurie Dameron
Guest Blog by musician Laurie Dameron On November 25, I got an e mail regarding auditions for America’s Got Talent to happen on Saturday December 7th. When I read the e mail, I laughed out loud and said to myself, “Oh, why not! Just for fun, they’ll never pick and old lady like me!” I didn’t even think I’d make it past the online application! I posted the news on Facebook and folks came out of the wood work [.....]
In swagger at work, we offer an approach to resolve the barriers to self-confidence that women face at work and to offer a third way – different than exhibiting only traditional feminine values or trying to copy men’s values. Through stories of women who swagger and exhibit healthy self-esteem, Swagger at work demonstrates ways to build confidence and invites women to tell their own stories of empowerment.
At work, it’s knowing my stuff cold, a confidence that I can blend with compassion. I certainly don’t spend a lot of time playing getting warmer. I am known for being direct, which I like.
Swagger in sports showcases women who are strong in body and mind. Not necessarily stronger than someone else, just strong in their own body. Having self confidence, loving your body and growing your self esteem by being active, healthy, doing sports, spending time and being confident in the outdoors, and even competing are all ways that we as women learn to swagger in sports.
I didn’t care about marriage and children – because of my childhood. I was fulfilled in career and athletics. I’ve turned emotional trauma into strength – I’ve traveled; I’ve been successful.
Teresa Rider, Age Group World Champion Triathlete
Spirituality and faith are important aspects of who we are as women. Having the self confidence to express ourselves, learning about who we are and what we believe in are all aspects of what make us unique and whole. We’ll share with you how other women have developed their swagger in their spirituality and we hope you will share your stories with us.
I admit that the Bible does not specifically mention Aretha Franklin. But when it comes to thinking about God, most people’s minds are full of all those familiar images and they just get stuck…So why not Aretha? She’s big, she’s bold and you’re going to have to listen to what she’s saying.”
Column by Terry Mattingly
Swagger in school is having the courage and confidence to learn what you want to learn in school and becoming what you want to become. Having the self confidence to find your own way and not letting society or others dictate your path to success. Swagger is trying many different things throughout your journey, being strong in your opinions and open to new ideas.
When asked where she got her swagger, author Joan Borysenko said “For me, it was do or die. My first job was teaching medical students. I had to prevent them from falling asleep. I developed my swagger in a situation of challenge.”
Swagger isn’t about power over others in relationships, it’s about knowing who you are, being strong enough and confident enough in yourself so that you can share yourself and your gifts with others without losing yourself. It’s having the self esteem and self confidence to know that you don’t always have to be right or win in every situation, it’s being strong for others and knowing how to nurture yourself at the same time.
A lot of my friends have swagger – that pushing the edge quality, thinking and living outside the box.
There are many fabulous women who swagger on the world stage. These are strong and confident women who have worked hard to compete in what is often a male-dominated environment. They have defined themselves, their opinions are valued and they have forged their own path to be a part of the world stage. In them, you will see a strong sense of self, confidence in their ideas and actions, and a unique approach to showcasing their high feminine confidence.
What are the risks of swagger? The risks are always visible in our society. Any woman with the least amount of swagger is doomed. Like any Hollywood star, they will build her up, so they can tear her down. Think Hillary Clinton. Katie Couric, Angelina Jolie, Condi Rice. Doesn’t much matter the profession.