Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 17 — The road to empowerment

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center that opened in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed,” said the unusually successful Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987). “If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’; they will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’ ”

If those words of wisdom from Luce — the first woman to hold a major U.S. ambassadorial post, also an accomplished journalist, playwright and elected official — don’t ignite a deep desire to take on the world and conquer all of its obstacles, then maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you.

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giselle_newFor weeks, I have indulged in several case studies about small businesses and what makes them tick – learning the ins and outs of some who possess the highest level of entrepreneurial spirit – and through the tangled webs of oversaturated messages and “go-get-it” attitudes, discovered a simple concept: Women Empowerment.

I capitalize the term because, to me, it amplifies the struggles endured by women-owned businesses and the role of taking on the weight of the world for a simple recognition of capabilities.

Read Giselle’s most recent chapter, The long way home, or scroll down to start from the beginning

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