Nancy Rothenberg's STRONG™ program is the essence of empowerment. From a physical standpoint, we are taught self-defense maneuvers that can help to free us from unfavorable and potentially scary situations. Beyond that, she teaches women on a deeper, psychological level. She shows women and girls the crucial lesson of valuing themselves first. Making ourselves a priority opens the door to our being better able to listen to our instincts, our intuitive voice. These are essential for knowing when and how to remove ourselves from a potentially dangerous circumstance. When you truly know how valuable your life is, then you do not need anyone else's permission to cherish and protect it. Nancy's message is about loving yourself beyond cultural programming and limitations. I think this programming should be required for women and children everywhere.