There's always been discussions about it...women in the work force, how women can become presidents, CEOs, and so on, the comparison of women and men, our changing roles...and now, we have "Leaning In," that latest book tha comes in a long, long, long line of books and essays on kind of life women want to have and how it is possible - or not -- to have it. Recently, I ran across this one in the Washington Post by Elsa Walsh, which made me nod my head quite a bit...it breaks the whole question apart and looks at it from the whole length of a woman's life.
But back to the topic in the video (wasn't it cool to have Amy in with the group?): can women ever rule the world? When I think of this, I go a little beyond the elements that were discussed in the video. I say Probably women can...if -- and there are big Ifs and a lot of them. If they have help. If they are surrounded a community that is supportive financially and personally via better health care and childcare to be able to compete in that man's world. If women stopped judging each other for individual decisions (yeah, I'm talking about stuff like breastfeeding or not breastfeeding, working or not working).
If we wanted to, if we as women banded together and used the strength we naturally have, we could break that glass ceiling and rule the world. If we bash the double standards we put on ourselves, we could.
But, is that reality? No.
I come back to this one example: say there was a woman running for president with small kids, kids who are maybe eight or 10 or even 16. It would, more than likely, be a small, tiny, teeny amount of time before someone -- or many someones, like the media, those running against her, the voting public -- raises question of how she will be able to be the Commander in Chief and a "good mom" at the same time.
You know it would happen...which is sad...as no one has ever asked that of a man running for office.
But all of this is a lofty, long answer, eh? And, to tell you the truth, I'm a little tired of this topic, as there is a lot of talk (and a lot of books) about it, but nothing much changes. Maybe we should rephrase the question. Maybe the question we should be asking is can women change the world? Can women make it better?
There is something that I know do now -- regardless of my job outside the home or inside the home, regardless of my financial situation, regardless if I get that raise or get a better haircut, regardless if I breastfed my kids or not, regardless of where any of us fall on all of those hot button topics that make us go against each other. I consciously and purposely raise my kiddo to be a good person. I teach her kindness and tolerance and empathy. I teach her to be confident. I teach her to be honest with herself and others. I teach her to be curious, to ask questions -- especially the hard ones. I teach her what truly matters in life. That is how I am changing the world...and so, kind of, sort of, maybe women will rule it one day.
Ohhh, it's a biggie today. What do you think -- can women rule the world? Can we change it? Do you want to? (And did you love having Amy as part of the panel? I know I did!)