Who Runs the World? Ladies, So Let’s Act Like It

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New mentor program, Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST, defines model behavior.

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"Our women are far too valuable to allow this cycle to continue." —Nicole D. Hayes

In the opinion of the Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST, "Watching women dance in bras, panties and short skirts, as seen in Beyoncé’s 'Run the World (Girls!)' video, undermines a woman's true worth and adds to society's perpetual degradation of women." The Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.1ST, a new mentoring program for girls and women exhibits a platform opposite the “shock and awe” behaviors some women use to advance their status, inadvertently reducing their self-worth. While women are ruling in the boardroom, leading on Capitol Hill, heads of educational institutions and topping billboard charts—they are regrettably moving backward.

The Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST engages girls and women to become positive “change agents” for future generations regardless of societal pressures. The eight-member team is lead and directed by Nicole D. Hayes, who created the program based on her passion to empower and restore women globally.

“Society places unrealistic expectations upon our girls and women that can leave them thirsting for direction,” says Hayes. “In such confusion, a woman’s identity and clear pulse on her life’s purpose can be lost. Our women are far too valuable for this cycle to continue.”

Clean Cut Media, an online site that measures media’s influence on world behaviors, reported in 2009 that seven in 10 girls believe they don’t measure up in looks. The sexualization in advertisements equates physical attractiveness with "being sexy," which many girls strive toward for acceptance.

The Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST is a division of national community development organization L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST LLC. Founded in 2006 by Derrick Boles, L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST is based on 10 core character leadership traits by which all team members operate: Loyalty, Education, Accountability, Discipline, Empowerment, Respect, Service, Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance.

“This initiative is very important. I am pleased with the leadership and commitment from all of our team members,” says Boles, L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST President and CEO.

Emmy nominated daytime drama actress Arianne Zucker who plays the mischievous “Nicole Walker” on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” is a Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST team member along with a scientist, entrepreneurs, national speakers, realtor, family advocate and parent coach—who are more importantly mothers, wives and daughters.

Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST team member Portia Dawson, who administrates a San Diego-based youth mentor program, is helping young women avoid pitfalls she overcame.

“My hope for Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST is that we provide positive avenues for young girls to become the leaders of tomorrow,” shares Dawson. "We want to equip them for adversity they may face.”

The Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST envision a world where generations of girls and women are whole, love their differences while visibly leading and living in moral character regardless of societal pressures.
WATCH: The Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST Video Messages

Founded in 2006 by Derrick Boles, L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST is a national community development organization that focuses on educational initiatives. Based in Nampa, Idaho, the company is committed to engaging current and future leaders in a variety of settings by providing curriculum, leadership training and workshops. For more information, please visit http://www.leadership1st.info/ .

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