Self esteem and dressing for success
Dress for Success is an organization based in New York that works to promote the economic independence of low income women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Dress for Success has more than 125 affiliates in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, France, Luxembourg and the West Indies. www.dressforsuccess.org
The Girl Scouts' mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization was founded in 1912 and has reached tens of millions of people. There are currently over 3 million active members in over 90 countries. www.girlscouts.org
Urban areas are full of potential connections, and they offer empowerment opportunities for women of all income levels. Taking advantage of these opportunities, however, requires more than just meeting one's basic needs. Self esteem, networking skills and sometimes even the right clothes can make a difference. Dress for Success is one organization that has made an impact in this area. Although it has a completely different focus, Girl Scouts is another success story in helping empower girls by building self esteem.
What other efforts like this are making a difference? Is it even possible to focus on self esteem in situations where basic needs and safety aren't yet secure? Aren't they inextricably linked?