Throughout history, women and girls have been made to believe that they are inferior or less important. We still live in an era where women must march in the streets for their voices to be heard and to campaign for gender equality. This has led to a lot of talks, movements and policy amendments that has brought a change in some areas. However, in many parts of the globe, there are still countless girls who have never stepped into a classroom. As well, many industry sectors (e.g., technology and engineering) still give preferential treatment to men; and deny women the right to prove their worth thereby propagating the belief that they are not good enough.

There are still many communities engaging in harmful traditional practices on young girls such as forced marriages and female genital mutilation. Such practices increase feelings of unworthiness and low self-confidence, decreasing these girls’ chances of success in the future. It is our common responsibility to do whatever we can (no positive action is too small) to change the status quo and teach girls that they have what is necessary to take over the world. Men have had their turn and failed miserably.

Here are a few ways to empower young girls and help them realize that they have the power to not only change the world, but to take over the world:

  1. Educate them

An educated young girl becomes a powerful woman, and a powerful woman has all the required skills to take over the world. An educated woman knows her rights and stands up for them. An educated woman knows it is her responsibility to help other disadvantaged women and young girls. She knows how to take care of herself without depending on anyone else. Providing education to young girls puts an end to harmful practices like early marriages and female genital mutilation. It promotes socioeconomic growth and advances the fight to end poverty. Education lays a solid foundation for how far young girls will advance in their lives.

  1. Build their communication skills

One of the reasons why some communities and countries have become more inclusive when it comes to gender, is because a few women stood tall and made their voices heard. So, if today’s young women (collectively) are ever going to make a paradigm shift in society, they must make their voices heard. Therefore, it is imperative that they build their communication skills. Girls need to be taught to express themselves confidently and articulately from a very young age. This must start in their homes with their parents and extend to the classroom. They must be encouraged to read literature of all genres and must also learn from mentors. Learning how to communicate effectively will not only help them speak out against gender inequality, malicious practices, and other illegalities, but it will also help them become more effective leaders of tomorrow. 

  1. Give girls decision making-roles

Do you allow your daughters to have a say in some of the affairs of the house? Are they allowed to make decisions pertaining to their own future? There are still many countries where women have no voice even when it comes to issues that affect them directly; such as abortion, marriage, the right to vote, allocation of resources, governance, etc. The root of this evil can be traced back to culture and family upbringing that perpetuate side-lining women when important decisions need to be made. How then will they feel confident enough to make decisions that could affect an entire nation? Consequently, it is important to give girls decision-making roles as well as provide leadership opportunities right from their homes. This will be the impetus for building the required confidence needed to affirm themselves in a male-dominated society.

  1. Teach young girls that men are not entitled

One could argue that anything that has caused a detrimental effect on humanity has been instigated by a man. Most world leaders are men and their policies have led to wars, death, world hunger, depletion of natural resources, etc. And because many of these world leaders are xenophobes, demagogues and unempathetic, their rhetoric has led to prejudice, hate, strife, murder, etc. Within society, the male psyche also wreaks havoc. Most murders, mass shootings, and unthinkable atrocities are committed by men.

Despite men’s inherited propensities they still think that they are entitled to govern at every level in society, particularly governing over women. Someone once argued that because men rule the world and men value women for their sexuality, there will never be equality between the sexes. So, what does that have to do with women? That is a man’s problem! Parents should teach their young daughters that strength, power, intelligence, and ability, lie between the ears – nowhere else. When women realize their inner strength and the power they possess; and the fact that men are not ordained to be leaders, women will change the world.

Empowering young girls and teaching them that it is time to take over the world should start in the home. We all have a role to play in this endeavour. We can start by appreciating and valuing the girls and women around us, as well as supporting those who need assistance. Every one of us stand to gain from an all-inclusive and empathic society.

Just imagine what a completely different world we would live in if women took over the world!

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26 Comments

Lisa Steffler · May 18, 2020 at 11:23 pm

Girl Power – as my daughter always says. Young girls today are nothing like they used to be. My daughter is 13 and she says and does things I wouldn’t have dreamt doing or saying when I was her age. I liked the part of the article discussing men not being entitled. Men have done a lot of damage to God’s children and the planet. I am all for giving women a chance to make changes to society. This is a very interesting article – I am going to let my daughter and my son read it and see what they think. DuppydomTEAM – thank you very much.

    duppydomTEAM · May 19, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you, Lisa, for your comments. We agree that young girls/women of today (Generation Z and Millennials) are nothing like their parents or grandparents are accustomed to 🏋️‍♀️. For the most part, they are more educated, more independent, more political, more global in their thinking, and less accepting of inequities. The problem is that they are still living in a world that is dominated by men, who resist change at every level. What the article is propagating is change from within. Girls/women don’t need approval from the “old boys’ club”, they can start instigating change themselves 📣

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

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Adaego M. Azi · May 19, 2020 at 1:05 am

Wow, duppydomTEAM – this is probably my favorite blog article you guys have written 😃❤. I think it’s about time that women ruled the world – men have messed it up enough. All the ways you mentioned about empowering girls is awesome and I totally agree with the barriers to girls’ education. I only wished this mentality was around when I was young. Thanks, duppydomTEAM. I am curious about how you guys come up with the article topics?

    duppydomTEAM · May 19, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Adaego, we appreciate your comments. Those who live in First World countries, often forget how the rest of the world lives. And the rest of the world is particularly horrifying for girls and women. Access to education is often what keeps girls/women in these impoverished, shanty and dangerous conditions. Although there are many charities around the world that seek to help, what is needed is a paradigm shift in terms of what “help” and “change” mean – women around the world (particularly those in First World countries) must decide that “enough is enough, it’s time to help our sisters”. And this change should begin with teaching girls to expect more from life 🚀 and arming them with the resources they need.
    As far as the article topics are concerned; some of them are based on what the experts of the blogosphere deem to be popular topics, and some are based on what the duppydomTEAM thinks our readers would find interesting and thought-provoking ✨

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm

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    S. Jakes · May 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm

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Amara Kone · May 19, 2020 at 4:23 am

You have certainly made good arguments for women ruling the world; something I have been saying for years. Although I love men, I am always disgruntled by their attitudes, particularly their sense of entitlement and behavior toward women. [Someone once argued that because men rule the world and men value women for their sexuality, there will never be equality between the sexes. So, what does that have to do with women? That is a man’s problem! Parents should teach their young daughters that strength, power, intelligence, and ability, lie between the ears – nowhere else] – this definitely resonated with me. I have been waiting for years – bring on the women.

    duppydomTEAM · May 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Amara, thank you very much for your comments. No one could or should argue that men have not caused harm to humankind for millennia. And if you look back in time (with open eyes), beyond anything else, girls/women have suffered the most at the hands of men. Therefore, an article calling for a changing of the guards 💥 will resonate with most if not all girls/women.

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 12:45 pm

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      Amara Kone · May 26, 2020 at 2:07 am

      I agree. Thank you.

    S. Jakes · May 21, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Agreed 👏

Amie Warwick · May 19, 2020 at 6:34 am

duppydom – a very interesting article. I cannot wait to show this to my husband. I read the article about “Education lays a solid foundation” – I cannot believe that this kind of stuff still goes on today. Even today, women have such a tough time all over the world. Things really have to change, and I guess we cannot leave it up to men to make the changes. Maybe it is our turn.

    duppydomTEAM · May 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Amie – thank you for your comments. We agree, Girls’ Education is an interesting read. Most people are surprised to know that in many parts of the world, there are still many barriers to girls getting an education 👩‍🎓. And after many decades of help from those in the know, things remain mostly the same. You are right, a new approach is needed.
    We are curious to know how your husband reacted to the article.

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 12:58 pm

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S. Jakes · May 20, 2020 at 5:17 am

duppydomTEAM – I love the idea of women taking over the world. The first thing I would do is find and fire every male boss I ever had who was a jerk to me (lol). I like the idea of the article – entitled men have had their chance and did a poor job – now it’s our turn. Being a teacher, I want to add my two cents about the barriers to girls’ education around the world. Even in developed countries, barriers to girls’ education still exist. February 11th is now the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why? As a reminder that only 35% of girls are STEM students and only a small percentage of women have STEM jobs. “Part of the problem has to do with …. The world is designed by and for men”. Very good article. Thanks, duppydomTEAM 👏
https://observatory.tec.mx/edu-news/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science

    duppydomTEAM · May 21, 2020 at 12:55 am

    S. Jakes – thank you. This discussion about girls enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in college; and then getting STEM careers when they graduated, has been going on for at least two decades. Although there has been some headway in 20 years, the numbers still look bleak. Some experts argue that they are the careers of the future, so what does this mean for the future of women? Like you, we are arguing for change in the future.
    Wouldn’t it be great if we could all go back in time and fire every manager that did us wrong 😜

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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      S. Jakes · May 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you 👏👏. I am making a list of all past managers who did me wrong 😃

    Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the article ❤❤

Bruce Peters · May 20, 2020 at 6:32 am

Interesting article. So, is the idea here that men are to blame for all of the world’s problems? I wouldn’t say all of them, but probably most of them. So, what kinds of jobs would men have in this new world? I would have to agree that the world would be a very different place if women ruled the world. At our company, I have been commenting on the differences between male and female leadership styles for years. I am not sure if women would do any better at leading the world, but I would say that some changes are needed – women do need more opportunities.

    duppydomTEAM · May 21, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Bruce, thank you for sharing your questions and comments. We are sensing that you think women taking over the world is a bit extreme, but we are glad that you do see the need for change. The agenda here is teaching young girls to grow up with a “take over the world” mentality 👸. But, let’s say for a moment that wasn’t the agenda. Imagine if the current “laisse faire” educational system that girls are place in was replaced by a focus of teaching young girls to be future leaders and future change agents. This would mean that a girl’s education, communication skills training, decision-making skills training, etc., would be embedded in curricula specific to these ends. This would also change the world.

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 1:02 pm

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Nadine Wu · May 20, 2020 at 6:43 pm

After reading the article I started thinking about how parents raise boys and girls in their home. Do parents really raise sons differently and simply expect their sons to have certain types of jobs (entitled) and don’t expect their daughters to? I am in a predominantly male job (IT) and I am trying to remember if my parents swayed me in one direction versus another. Or if there were any careers that I left were out of my reach. I don’t think I ever felt that at any time in my adolescence or during college. Of course, I always felt that I was in a man’s world, but it didn’t affect me.

    duppydomTEAM · May 21, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Nadine – we appreciate your insightful comments. The interesting thing you indicated was that you always felt you were in a man’s world. Typically, this is how most girls feel from a very young age. Soon into adolescence, girls feel this world impinging on their behaviors and decisions 😶, and it usually gets worse going forward. Obviously, not all girls/women feel hindered, but the majority do. You might find the article S. Jakes presented interesting: Women and Girls in Science

      Adaego M. Azi · May 21, 2020 at 1:04 pm

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