Since 2004, Dove, the creator of skin, hair, and body care products, has been involved in spreading the message that beauty is more than skin deep. In 2004, they launched their Campaign for Real Beauty, which spread a message of body acceptance for women everywhere.
A few years later, their Self-Esteem Movement was launched, and their short films about media literacy and the ways in which girls’ and women’s self-esteem is negatively impacted by advertising and other media, Evolution and Onslaught, went viral. (If you haven’t seen them already, definitely click on the links above to watch both of these powerful films.)
Today, Dove’s Self-Esteem Movement continues to work towards its mission of building positive self-esteem and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. And because Like a Boss is all about supporting girls in realizing their dreams, we’re are excited to be a partner for Dove’s latest initiative, the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend.
This weekend, October 21 – 23, Dove is uniting partners, grassroots organizations, and thousands of real women all over the country for a weekend of self-esteem building activities. They’ve asked people everywhere to commit to doing something to raise the self-esteem of girls, because as they say, “One hour of your time makes a world of difference.”
We couldn’t agree more!
In celebration of this special weekend, Like a Boss turned to some successful, inspiring women and asked them to share with us a song that boosts their own self-esteem. You know, the kind of song that makes them feel inspired, pumped up, energized, motivated… full of the awesome. Here’s what we heard:
Samantha Ettus, personal branding expert, bestselling author, and TV personality – “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree: We love Samantha’s choice of this 90s catchy classic! Here’s a little sampling of the empowering lyrics: You gotta be, you gotta be bad, You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser. You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger. You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together. All I know, all I know love will save the day. Watch the music video here (we dare you not to dance along).
Keren Taylor, Founder of teen girl mentoring and writing organization, WriteGirl – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles: Says Keren, “My sister, Judy, nearly died two years ago, and I continue to be very grateful that she is in my life. Hey Jude is a wake-up call for me on many fronts – to remember that you don’t know what is ahead of you, that we need to enjoy and love all that we have right now, and there are amazingly creative musicians/writers, like the Beatles, to help carry us through even our most difficult times! Like the song says, Don’t carry the world upon your shoulder.”
Marni Bates, published teen author of the memoir Marni and a soon-to-be-released debut novel, Awkward – “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles: Says Marni: “You can have your own opinions. You can decide who you want to be for yourself. And it’s okay to disagree! I think these messages are incredibly important because it’s so easy to doubt yourself when someone louder/older/more experienced/in a position of authority etc, insists that you’re wrong. Here’s a little snippet: All my life I’ve tried to make everybody happy while I just hurt and hide, waitin’ for someone to tell me it’s my turn to decide. Who cares if you disagree? You are not me. Who made you king of anything? So you dare tell me who to be. Who died and made you king of anything? LOVE it. Watch the video here.
Becca Wertheim, 19-year-old motivational speaker and author of Live High on Life for Teens: 12 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Your Teenage Years – “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield: Says Becca, “I love when she sings, Live your life with arms wide open, Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. It makes me think about how I have the power to create my future. I also really like when she sings I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines. We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way. It reminds me that the most rewarding experiences in life require some form of fearlessness and risk-taking. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes; you just have to do your best and go after the things you want in life. Your future is unwritten and you’re the author.” Watch the video here!
Vicky Tamuru, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Digital Design and Tech Firm, Plexipixel – “Army of Me” by Björk: This cool 1995 song has a message of toughness, independence, and strength, and was featured in the soundtrack for the science fiction action film Tank Girl starring Lori Petty. Here’s a taste of the lyrics: You’re allright, there’s nothing wrong, self-sufficience please! And get to work, and if you complain once more, you’ll meet an army of me. Check out Björk’s video here…the driving, steady beat and committed delivery might just leave you feel ready to tackle anything, no questions asked.
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So how about you? What song makes you feel good about yourself, inspired, motivated, strong…awesome? What would the positive playlist of your life look like? We’d love to hear about the songs that make the cut and why!
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