“Make sure what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” – @positivedelight on Instagram

In the early 1900s, the first-ever women’s convention, called the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, was established by women’s rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. At the time, they were two of the very few women’s activists who were making a change in their communities and beginning to open the public’s eyes on many issues women had faced since ancient civilizations.

Photo submitted by the founder and president of Grown Woman’s Club, Briana Descilien. The women enjoying themselves and having a conversation at a barbeque.

In 2020, however, the growth of feminism and women empowerment groups has spread rapidly across the globe, ranging from group chats to mass marches in protest of unfair treatment to women. Briana Unique Descilien, founder and president of Grown Woman’s Club (GWC), is one of the many people inspiring and empowering other women to manifest their goals and become successful in life. 

From dream boards to dance classes, Descilien’s methods not only improve confidence in women, but also inspire them to dream past the average day job and start seeing themselves as business owners, lawyers, doctors, and more.

It is a world of mirrors out there, and often when we see features in others we don’t have, we choose to pick the jealous move and hate rather than motivate. And no matter how much we deny it, every girl has done this before. We can’t take back the past, but what we can do is act on our second thought rather than our first. 

Descilien started her club to prove that. She stated that “ …one day [she] was scrolling through social media—Facebook to be exact—and [she] saw back to back statuses of women degrading women.” She immediately thought about having a club that helps women become better to each other. She wanted “a club that focuses on self-love in hopes to diminish the number one place negativity towards others comes from… insecurities!”

Descilien is also looking forward to spreading this message to high schools because unfortunately, this is where a lot of insecurities derive from. They “want to take the original definition of sisterhood and alter it so that it’s no longer just about women linked together by a common interest in a particular community, but is now something [they] consider every woman, whether friends or strangers, to be apart of.” 

Descilien explained, “eventually [the club is] looking to take this into high schools to talk to and work with young ladies about the importance of womanhood and how much [women] need each other. These programs will cover topics such as bullying, insecurities, jealousy, how to overcome friendship problems, etc. This is currently being worked on and [they] are so excited to move forward with it.”

Descilien sees her and her company in the next ten years, making a major impact in women’s lives.” Her dreams are big so most think she is “crazy,” but 10 years from now I truly see GWC changing the way women treat themselves, therefore creating great change in how women treat each other, and the world [is] a little bit better because of it.”

Once a woman is eighteen they “have access to monthly meetings, events, volunteer opportunities, and more. [The] meetings involve discussions on how [to] become better women to [other] women and usually have a theme to make things fun and exciting.” 

Grown Woman’s Club meets every 3rd Saturday of the month from 4 pm to 7 pm, and all are welcome to join! ‘Growing Woman’s Club’ for high school girls will hopefully arrive to Malden High School soon. What do we accomplish from making other women feel bad? Do we get the job? Do we get the guy? Do we get friends? That’s why it is important to have a club to empower other girls.

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