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.
A Team that looks like US and building confidence
The US women’s gymnastic team has won the all around gold medal team competition. Simone Biles has won her fourth gold medal and is being called the greatest gymnast of our time and perhaps all time. All five of the team members continue to win additional gold, silver, and bronze medals. Read more here. For the first time since 2004, there is a Hispanic woman on the team and there are two Black women as well. Finally – a gymnastic team that […..]
Women Deserve Credit When They Win
Women have been competing in the Olympics for more than 100 years. They competed for the first time in the 1900 Paris Olympics. According to www.olympic.org of 997 athletes, 22 were women. They competed in five sports including tennis, sailing, and croquet. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, there are estimated to be 11,520 athletes competing and more than 45% of them are women – so about 5,000 women. Quite a change since 1900. What hasn’t changed enough is that […..]
Women to Watch at the Olympics and Swagger
Will you be watching the Olympics when they begin tomorrow, Friday – August 5? There will be pageantry and then the games begin! All of the athletes at the Olympics represent the best talent of their countries. But perhaps you would like to know a few women athletes to watch for, including US Olympians as well as those from other countries. One star is sure to be US gymnast Simone Biles. She was the first African-American to be the all-around […..]
Swaggering in Sports
The Olympics are almost here! The games begin on August 5. This year the US Olympic team has more women than men, for only the second time in history. Of the 555 athletes who will compete at the games in Rio – 292 are women. No country has ever sent more women to the Olympics – ever. Read more here. What does participating in sports do for girls and women? A lot – it turns out. It increases strength and […..]
Summer Olympics are Coming
The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro begin on August 5 and run through August 27. The torch is already on its way to Rio. It left Greece on April 27 and arrived in Brazil on May 3. The torch is now making its way across Brazil. There will be a bunch of excellent women athletes from the US to watch compete this summer, including tennis player Serena Williams who will be trying to repeat her performance in London (2012) where […..]
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.