WOMEN’S VOICES

 

Thousands of women from all over the world joined forces over the weekend to stand in solidarity giving voice to their anger and fears about the new American administration.

 

We are fortunate to live in a land that accepts peaceful protests. Your voice is important. Your concerns are real. But you are not everyone’s voice. Your concerns are not everyone’s concerns. Those who rise up in revolution believe there is only one voice. Until a common voice is found, there will always be opposing forces.

 

While the government has a strong influencing factor on our quality of life, it does not determine your quality of life or what you as an individual are capable of accomplishing.

 

 

Marching to protest your government sends a strong signal indeed to the sitting leaders. The women who showed up in the recent march were loud enough to be heard across the globe. Movements like this are powerful and can lead to important changes. And they take time. A lot of time.

 

As an individual, you stand a greater chance of making a real impact on the individuals in your circle of influence. What counts is what you do after the march. [TWEET]  After the march you go home, then what?

 

As I watched numerous women of all ages, being interviewed by the press about why they came to march, I was disappointed in their answers. It seemed like many of them didn’t even understand what the march was for.

 

Many said it was to stand up in solidarity with my sisters. Ok, but for what reason?

 

Others said things like, they were there to stand up for women’s equal rights. Ok. I understand how that can be important. But when asked about what specifically, which wasn’t often, it was in the arena of equal pay for equal work. I have heard this plea since the ‘60’s.

 

I’m not saying my comments represent all the women who were there. I’m just sharing what was being represented through the news channels I viewed. I know there are bigger issues on the table, many of which were discussed throughout the political campaign. And this rally did not have a lot of time to organize itself. Considering that, it stirred a large segment of the female population, creating a massive revolution in a very short period of time. That in itself is a success.

 

 

If you missed it, comedian / actor Aziz Ansari delivered an impressive monologue as host of Saturday Night Live, where he addressed the pulse of the country the day after the inauguration. It’s not about women. It’s not about minorities. It’s about people. Check it out,

 

Click here to watch,  Aziz Ansari on SNL

 

 

The work people do with our governments is important and a critical part of the freedom we get to live with. But you do not have to rely on your government to make a difference for you and the difference you can impact on other women.

 

What you do individually is far more critical than any march you will ever go on. [TWEET]  Why? Because you can make a difference right away. Because you can create results without anyone’s permission. Because you can become successful despite any government regulations. Because you can rise to the top without the restrictions you face in any corporation.

 

You only need to look behind you to find powerful women of influence who made an impact in circumstances less favorable than the ones you’re in right now. These are women who earned their Success, without rallying cries for equality. They didn’t wait for the government, the corporate leaders, their communities to get on their side. They created Success in spite of them.

 

 

Beyonce – earns more today than most of her male counterparts. Along the way, she made the difficult choice of leaving her already successful all-female R&B group for a solo career and fired her Manager Father. Let’s not forget, she is African-American.

 

 

 

Jennifer Lopez – born in the Bronx to Peurto Rican immigrants, hustled her way through the noise. Her laser-focussed efforts catapulted her to the top of multiple entertainment sectors acquiring her an appropriate title of ‘Triple Threat’.

 

 

 

 

Amelia Earhart, first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic – She had an alcoholic father. His inability to be the provider for the family led Amelia to become independent and not rely on someone else to “take care” of her.

 

 

 

Marie Currie Sklodowska – This Polish-born French Nobel prize-winning physicist was the youngest of 5 siblings. She lost her mother at the age of 10. Where she lived was controlled by the czar, who hoped to stamp out Polish nationalism by keeping the people ignorant of their culture and language. As her parents rejected the czar, their economic situation deteriorated. Her father lost the family savings to a bad investment. She battled depression. She was smart and curious, but women were not welcome in Universities. She attended a Floating University instead – an illegal night school where students with lofty goals taught each other what they knew.

 

 

Hillary Clinton – went further than any female American politician and paved the path of possibility for others. She was the first woman nominated for president by a major party. She was the first First Lady to run for president. She became the first woman to participate in a presidential debate. It’s not always claiming the prize that matters, but the difference you make along the way.

 

 

My mother, Anna Gut – barely speaking English in a new country, she became an entrepreneur when she partnered with my father in their start-up retail business at a time when most of her peers were stay-at-home moms. She had a 7th-grade education. It was here that I learned what partnership and love and respect meant. It was here that I became passionate about business, independence, and entrepreneurship. It was from here that I would eventually understand possibility.

 

 

When you provide enough value, when you allow your value to be visible, it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from. Women need to put their energy into becoming the best at what they are uniquely gifted at and show that to the world.

 

Use your life in the every day to express what you stand for. Model for others what’s possible. [TWEET] You have the power to help others see their own greatness and potential. Women underutilize this power and misdirect it as rebellion. The reward is not in fighting external entities to give you recognition to become all you can be. The reward is in becoming all you can be despite external factors.

 

Your bigger challenge is not in getting equal pay for equal work, but in determining what you are capable of doing that stands out above all else. Once you identify it, those limited boundaries no longer apply.

 

Do what you do best. Express tolerance for all. Be kind. Provide solutions that elevate quality of life for all. Lift others. That’s what women do naturally. Show us what leadership looks like. When you get strong, everyone around you gets stronger.  [TWEET] Fear not losing your strength by showing someone else theirs. It can only help you to rise higher.

 

 

March if you must. Take what you have to offer and maximize it. Make the difference on the ground you tread wherever you are. Show us.

 

 

 

 


 

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