We love our husbands and significant others, but sometimes the support women need is the support of another woman, whether that’s in the form of emotional relief, professional referrals or just to get together and share in some laughter and life experiences. This is one reason why being a part of a women’s community is so beneficial to us: we have a safe space to have fun, connect and be ourselves with other women who love and accept us for who we are.
Think back to a time in your life where you were going through some turmoil. Chances are, one of the people that got you through that uncomfortable period was a woman. Because most women are in touch with their emotions, they are empathetic and understand what a person is going through. And, because they understand, they know how to support others.
I remember being a young 17-year-old girl who, many years ago, went through a lot of strife and abuse due to horrific familial issues. It got so bad that police became a common occurrence at my father’s house and my amiable mother was the one who took the hardest fall in every way possible.
Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say divorce was the least of our family’s worries. If it was just divorce, it would have been a great deal easier to handle (and I don’t say that lightly).
It wasn’t easy for me to witness: and what was worse was most of my family on my father’s side didn’t come to aid the situation. I remember crying and begging them over the phone at 19 years of age for help, and while I explained in detail what was happening, the severity of the situation must not have been understood and they did nothing except tell me that I was over-reacting. I felt alone, afraid and helpless with the whole unfortunate situation, but there was still a ray of light that shone through the clouds. I had one friend who stood by me the entire few years that these unfortunate occurrences were happening. Words cannot express how much it meant to me that she was there: I say without reservation that she saved my life.
Little did I know that her being with me at possibly the most painful juncture of my teenage years would shape my entire future. This dear comrade of mine is none other than my partner-in-crime: Celine Roberts.
Personal note: I think this is a little funny because she is going to have to read this later as the Editor-in-Chief of this website. I don’t know if I ever told her how exceedingly grateful I am that she was and still is my friend.
Flash-forward a few years and I had the honor of supporting another dear friend of mine, Dr. Annie Lim, in beginning a Global educational summit for women which has touched the lives of people the world over. Their goal? To create world peace through business. While it is no small task I am confident that strength and love of our geographically diverse team will move mountains. But I digress!!!
Women’s Community in Springfield, Missouri
Not only are women the cornerstones of their families, but they are the foundation of our community. She is the glue that keeps people together and can weave miracles when times get tough. To me, strength and womanhood go hand-in-hand.
Madeleine Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” and in an effort to support our sisters the world over (and by starting in Springfield), WeDames Organization was born.
While we are new (during the publication of this blog), we are dedicated to creating a space for women to grow, connect and have fun. And seeing that fun is more fun than not having fun, we are kick-starting our community with our monthly gatherings! Some are coed and some are for ladies only!
Additionally, we want you to come play with us and to get involved in the community by sharing your thoughts and ideas. We are eager to find out about you, connect and grow with you, and we look forward to meeting you at our next event which you can find details of here.
We look forward to meeting you face-to-face!
We are WeDames, an online women’s magazine and women’s network / community based out of Springfield, Mo. We love connecting, having fun and empowering women in and around our awesome little city regardless if said woman is a full-time mom, a top-level professional, a business owner or student. Getting together to schmooze and patron different stores and restaurants in Springfield is what we do. We also host a monthly Ladies’ night out where we can all come out, meet one another and have fun in Springfield, Mo while doing it!
This website does more than chronicle our outings, we also cover topics ranging from parenting, fashion, local businesses, tips, health, well-being, dating, marriage and where to shop in Springfield, Mo. Joining our community is free, but you must identify as a woman, and be 21 years and above. Click here to join our newsletter and get the latest scoop on what we are doing in Springfield, Mo!