We are all capable of living to our full potential. How dare you say you are not!
I hear your questioning; I listen to your subconscious thoughts. You ask: “Are we, women, capable of walking in any pair of shoes? Or is this fight for equality another dream, just something to do?”
Sometimes you muse: “Is it the Holy Grail … are we struggling for the un-achievable?” Listen to me.
We have seen bold and inspiring women such as the Suffragettes; daring women like Marlene Dietrich; activists, like Bell Hooks; business women like Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg and today’s young ones with courage like Malala Yousafzai, yet we question ourselves and undermine our abilities.
Marlene Dietrich Malala Yousafzai Bell Hooks
True, our lack of confidence is too often the consequence of our culture, the environment in which we live. But the reality is that we constrain ourselves. Despite the several motivation speakers and books and life coaches like Iyanla Vanzant, can we say we are better at fulfilling our potential than our fore parents?
How does the world view us when we strive to become leaders of nations and companies? Are we open to more probing and questioning than our male counterparts?
Too often we hear that women in leadership roles try to act like ‘men’, losing their softness; becoming harsh and arrogant. That statement in itself reeks of gender discrimination and attempts to constrain us mentality. Don’t be bound by these constraints. Break loose and make your mark.
A ready and willing woman