Fearless Female Interview: Alyssa Waid
Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?
My mom is definitely my biggest role model. She is the strongest woman I know because she has experienced many hardships in her life and yet, she doesn’t let it define her. For most of my life, she has been a single parent. She always worked hard to provide for me and give me the best opportunities in life. We may not have had it all but I am beyond grateful for the values and life lessons she has taught me. She also taught me how to be a strong woman and be independent. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without my mother.
What does a fearless female look like to you?
A fearless female to me is a woman who works hard for what she wants and never gives up. She doesn’t let the opinions of others influence her decisions and she definitely does not let small minds tear her down. A fearless female is someone who can get knocked down 1000 times and still stand up, ready to fight. She finds strength in adversity and she inspires other women to live their best life.
Why do you think it’s important to see more women in positions of leadership?
50 years ago, women were still expected to stay at home and be housewives. Although more women were working than before, they were still only filling the “women” type jobs, such as a secretary or a teacher. Today, women are increasingly joining the workforce and having less children; furthermore, it’s important to see more women in leadership positions to inspire other women that they can do the same. More women in leadership positions means closing the pay gap and changing the stigma between men and women in the workplace.
What advice would you give to young girls about being a fearless female or women struggling to recognize their power?
Confidence is going to be your key to being a fearless female. In order to become confident, you must truly believe in yourself and you must also be willing to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable just means you are unafraid to be your authentic self and you own your flaws. Be disruptive, and I don’t mean be a troublemaker; but stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to speak up when you disagree with something.
How can other women and girls support each other in today’s world?
JUST BE SUPPORTIVE! I just had to put that in all bold to get my point across because too often women are our own biggest enemies in life. Being supportive means if another woman achieves something amazing...you root for her and speak highly of her. Don’t spread negativity because you’re jealous. If another woman looks beautiful...tell her. Her beauty doesn’t diminish your own and a genuine compliment goes a long way. Another woman’s success is not your failure and I think that is the biggest thing girls need to realize in today’s digital society. It’s not a competition. We just need to work together and root for each other, we’re all in this together (*queue high school musical*)