Being an Empowered
Redefine culture for women and girls
Too often, girls internalize the message that to be a successful woman in our culture – whatever that means to each of us – means choosing one of two routes: transform yourself into a sex object, or behave in the same way as a man to achieve success. In other words, being equal means being the same. When we educate girls to believe that being equal means being the same, we confuse them, we diminish them, even rob them of the joy of being a woman.
Naming and celebrating differences between men and women is essential for the development of self esteem and positive development of boys and girls.
To me, this is what it means to
REDEFINE CULTURE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS.
״Naomi sparked an important conversation with our 6-8 grade young women. Naomi's experience teaching and working with students enabled a rich, invigorating, and important dialogue among students and teachers. Immediately following the presentation, our students followed her work on Instagram and started reading Naomi's book. As an educator, I am excited to continue this important work with our students and staff.״
Kate Goedeker, Assistant Principal
Unity Middle School, Oakland, CA
״The complex issues faced by young women today are particularly evident in a high school setting. When Naomi brought her program to our high school, she powerfully yet gently guided an all-school, mixed gender discussion on the history and impact of social media and how it has affected girls and, therefore, all of us. Naomi clearly understands that lasting change comes from respectful discourse and she patiently gave all opinions and ideas her full attention. I have never seen our student body so engaged and so willing to challenge both old and new concepts of what it means to be a woman today. I am grateful to Naomi for bringing her unique and necessary program to our school.״
Deanna Zenn, Faculty
Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island
״I worked with Naomi to develop a program for 10th-12th grade girls at our Girls Leadership Residential Summer Program. The collaboration process with Naomi was productive and inspiring. She is clearly driven by her passion to empower girls and women, as evidenced by the way she embodies strength and resilience in her actions and in her ability to create content that pushes girls to build their inner strength and resilience.״
Chief Program Officer, Girls Leadership
Naomi Katz is the author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman and the visionary behind Her Wisdom, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the authenticity of women’s leadership. She is an educator who provides tools for women and girls to redefine culture by reclaiming the language they use to talk about themselves. Naomi has worked with young women for nearly 20 years on four continents. Inspired by the indigenous practices of the women of the earth, she has traveled the world studying ancient wisdom.