One of our favorite new charms is our Dorothy Medallion, which reads "You had the power all along my dear." Wearing these words every day is so empowering for us. It made us want to ask the women in our lives: When did you feel like you had the power? And that's just what we did: talked to inspiring women and ask them that very question. Today's feature is with the amazing Kerry Diamond, founder and Editor & Chief of Cherry Bombe (a biannual magazine - one of our favorites - celebrating women and food) and host of the Radio Cherry Bombe Podcast, which features interviews with some of the most creative and inspiring women in the food world. She also happens to be one of the most creative, thoughtful and intelligent women we know. Read on for some empowering words...
Finish this sentence: I had the power when…
I learned to trust my intuition! We have so much knowledge and power inside us. When we learn to trust and tap that, the results can be amazing. I remember when I first started working at Harper’s Bazaar, back when I was a beauty editor. There were a few times when I didn’t trust my gut and wound up getting in trouble with my boss. I wanted to kick myself. I learned quickly to listen to that voice inside me.
How do you empower yourself daily?
Like most women, I probably don’t do enough! I do try to walk a little bit every day. I get really energized by walking, and sometimes have my best ideas mid-stroll.
Why do you think it's important as women for us to support each other?
Supporting women in and around the world of food is the mission at Cherry Bombe and it’s something I believe in deeply. Women have had so many disadvantages over the years. By supporting each other and lifting each other up, we can equal the playing field and maybe get us closer to the kinder, gentler world we deserve. One where the needs of families, children, and women take precedence, and education, the arts, and the environment are priorities rather than money and status and the bad kind of power.
What's the best advice you've ever received? The worst?
The best advice was from my father who told me to take some business classes while I was in college. But I didn’t listen! I wish I had. I thought that was the worst advice at the time, but turns out it was very wise on the part of my dad. Now, as an entrepreneur, I’ve had to spend a lot of time catching up on all things business by listening to podcasts, reading business books, and learning from the school of hard knocks.
What would your advice be to young girls? How do we empower them?
I hope young women know they can truly be anything they want today. And if the world tells them otherwise, they need to prove the world wrong. There were so many times growing up when I was told girls couldn’t do certain things. Two things worked in my favor. I never heard that from my parents, and now I know that was incredibly valuable. And inside, I stubbornly thought people were wrong and that girls could do anything boys could. Even as a kid, I thought I knew better.
So support the young girls—and boys!—around you and encourage them to dream big.
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