of Being a Woman
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of Being a Woman
Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "What lies behind us and
what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within
us." Little did he know that his quote would sum up the past,
present and future of women. He also didn't know that women would
emerge as powerful pillars of society. It wasn't until the 20th
century that American women were allowed to vote and it took even
longer until they could say no to sex in their marriages. What lies
behind us is the history of women, who paved the way to liberation.
What lies before
us is the most meaningful time ever for women. What lies within
us is the power to continue this feminine revolution. The once considered
submissive female gender is rising to the top. Today women have
assumed the roles of CEOs, litigation lawyers and senators. Women
earn four out of every 10 law degrees and almost that many medical
degrees. They have become activists against violence and proponents
of human rights. Their worth has become defined by their accomplishments
and ability to make a difference.
seek validation as complete human beings. Along the way they have
learned to master remote controls, change tires and file income
tax returns. They know how to shop for bargains and still splurge
on Godiva chocolates. They cry over romantic movies and get a thrill
from the X-files. They are touched by the sight of babies and outraged
at violence. When making love they like to be on the top, in charge
of their own fulfillment.
still stop for us, men still open the doors for us and firefighters
will rescue us first. We don't have to pay when we go on dates.
We can go after what we want without being afraid to ask for help.
We can say what we mean, without being mean when we say it. We can
walk in the shoes of others, without losing direction. Best of all,
we know how to solve our problems by simply eating chocolate.
There are more
fashion stores for women than there are for men. Entire cosmetic
departments, loaded with stuff to make us look and smell pretty,
are created just for us. Our underwear, enriched with lace and rhinestones,
is fortified with silicone inserts and airlifts. It doesn't get
any better than that. Our options and power are endless and here
is some data to support that:
- By 2010,
women are expected to control $1 trillion, or 60 percent, of the
country's wealth - BusinessWeek and Gallup.
- Women purchase
or influence the purchase of 80 percent of all consumer goods.
This is just
the beginning! On a competence level we have what it takes to grab
the world by the tail. Women are natural at multi-tasking. They
talk on the phone, while cooking dinner, shave their legs while
applying eye-makeup and run a corporation while managing a household.
Women have compassion like no other species and never tire of listening
to problems. They have the courage to find solutions when others
give up. Equipped with great intuition they know right from wrong
without consulting an expert.
Women are great
communicators connecting easily with people. They are resilient
in the face of adversity and are networking pros reaching out for
support. Instead of hoarding information, women freely share with
others. They are emotionally tuned-in and have the gift of expressing
the courage to be honest and outspoken. When dealing with stress,
women can have a pedicure or go shopping. Best of all, women don't
need to compete with men to be successful. They can stand on their
own, or be united to reach goals. Femininity is personal power and
at no other time in history has society been so touched by the power
women may still be judged by the shape of their legs, corporations
are zooming in on feminine traits. With a new female leadership
style emerging, women are hired into positions of power because
of their skills and femininity. Obviously, many companies believe
that the best man for the job is still a woman. Society has finally
concluded that the lack of female energy is the reason for most
problems in our world.
what it takes to create a more peaceful world of human equality.
Our time has come to capitalize on our feminine traits and the warmth
of our hearts to rock the world. No matter what background, religion
or race we come from, we don't need to look outside for validation.
Our strength lies within. The world needs us. It needs our courage
to forge ahead, our intuition to discern, our passion for humanity
and our wisdom to see the big picture. Women must stand united in
their feminine spirit to bring about global changes. There is nothing
quite like women with a purpose, who rise to the occasion.
Allie Ochs 2004
Ochs is a speaker, relationship coach and author of: Are
You Fit to Love? Her book has received the honorable mention
at the USA 2004 Best Book Awards. She has appeared on TV, Radio
and is published in numerous magazines and newsletters. Visit her
and take the Fit 2 Love test.
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