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Women as Advocates: Understanding and Embracing Political Issues

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The definition of an advocate is this: A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.

Do you participate in being an advocate for yourself? What does it mean to really be an advocate for yourself and your community?

Where do you begin? And why does it matter?

Many women may have asked themselves similar questions, and these are addressed through the experiences of other women in this article.

A few weekends ago, 16 college women from across Arizona were accepted to a conference that allowed them to understand what it meant to be a true leader, as well as to fight for women’s rights in health, well-being, and policy.

Amongst these women were various role-models in the field of politics. All were women ranging from politicians to professors. Together they came to share their stories of success in the field of law and politics, and to shed light and resources amongst these young women, soon to be leaders of this nation.

Each young leader brought a unique perspective and set of goals to the conference in order to create political change. What each of these women also brought was an open mind to learn about how they could assist in bringing more women into politics and leadership.

Throughout the conference, each woman was encouraged and inspired to draw upon their own unique experiences and personal aspirations to bring out their full potential and purpose for creating change in the world. Some of these aspirations ranged from law and policy change for underprivileged minority communities, to food politics around the globe, to reforming education in America.

This author was amongst this group of new leaders, and it became very clear very fast that the empowerment that was felt during this conference should be recreated and shared with other women -- with other possible future leaders.

It seems clear now that being an advocate for others and becoming a leader is something that each woman has the potential for. Perhaps she is just not yet aware of how truly vital her role in our present-day world is.

Not only is it vital for women to be advocates for others, but also to be advocates for ourselves.

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