The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines empowerment as, “the act or action of empowering someone or something: the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties; the state of being empowered to do something: the power, right, or authority to do something.”
Wikipedia goes into further detail about the word and says, “It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and use their resources.”
Today, the term seems to be somewhat trendy in many aspects.
It can refer to empowering groups of people who have traditionally been marginalized. It can refer to advocacy for continuing education and self-help for communities who want to take control of their circumstances. And it can simply refer to encouragement and support for someone who is feeling less than confident.
Whatever the term means to you, you will likely find these quotes inspirational in some way.
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