Helen Reddy’s 1971 song, “I Am Woman”, became an anthem for the women’s liberation movement and was meant to celebrate female empowerment. This is an empowerment song about feeling good about yourself and more importantly believing in yourself – I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman. It was a song I played often and sang to loudly during my high school years. For those of you who don’t know me I can’t carry a tune so this song must have resonated with me!
In the 45 years, since Helen Reddy’s song was released women have made strides but little progress. According to the 2016 Fortune 500 list women hold only 4.2% (21 of the 500 down from 24 last year) CEO positions in America’s biggest companies. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports that women still on average earn just shy of 80 cents to the dollar of men. Haircuts and dry cleaning cost more for women but we typically earn less then men. Then there is the current presidential election. I have no doubt that if Hillary Clinton were a man she’d be a shoe in for President! All this is a huge cry for more feminine energy to be present in the world, especially in leadership positions, to bring more balance to the patriarchal world we currently live in.
Many of the global spiritual mystics indicate that with all that is going on in the world today that it is creating the perfect storm for women to step into their power, own their truth and lead in whatever capacity they can. We need to shed the layers of inherited patterns, cultural norms and years of external programming to discover our inner truth. What happened to the child that painted outside the lines, used their imagination to play for hours, had dreams of becoming an astronaut, President, end poverty and create world peace? Where did that innocent little girl with all that ambition run to? We need to rediscover our true selves, reconnect to her and own it!
How do we let go of our self-doubt, lack of confidence, and negative self talk to step into the women we are destined to be? Regena Thomashauer, founder and CEO of the School of Womanly Arts, believes that “women are the greatest untapped natural resource on this planet”. Lets tap into this resource to change the masculine paradigm and create a culture that allows women to live passionately, speak their truth, foster new ideas and lead. Where emotions, feelings and connection have a place in the corner office, boardroom, community and at home.
Lisa Rankin, MD, says that “the greatest act of courage is to be and own all that you are without apology, without excuses and without any masks to cover the truth of who you truly are.” I invite you to notice where in your life you may silence your voice, play small or dim your light. What’s one small change you can start making today to shine your light a little brighter? Our future depends on it.