Building Change: The Power of Initiatives
When we take change into our own hands, we empower ourselves. We want to empower you as well, so we’ve provided the following advice for activists looking to build change.
Be inclusive and intersectional. You have limited perspectives as a single individual, so listen to others. Issues can impact different people in a multitude of ways, so recognize that when you raise your voice. Be conscious of what space you are taking up, and make space for others. Here at the Ruth Project, we never want to speak over others, so stepping back and letting others speak is so important.
Stand up with conviction. Do your research, know what you are talking about, and have confidence in that. Have conviction in whatever you are advocating for, and know the facts.
There’s power in numbers. Change is rarely accomplished by a single person—it’s accomplished by many passionate and driven individuals. Our initiatives may have leaders, but they work with many other people to make a difference. The more people who show the support, the more likely it is that authorities will listen to you.
The Takeaway: Know your power and use it—not only for your fight, but to inspire others to fight as well, central to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s philosophy.
“You don’t have to be fearless in your pursuit of change—instead, do it afraid. Your courage in fighting to make a difference is your power.” – Ruth Project Founder, Julia Squitteri