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a gathering of women: 21st Century Feminism

"Feminism is silly." When I heard this my body recoiled, physically and I'm absolutely certain my face had a look that said "you must be f*ing kidding me." Because I believe anything but, Feminism is silly.

I stem from a long line of feminists. Women strong, proud and powerful in their own right, and the men who supported and encouraged them. My grandmothers (yes, both of them) worked during the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's, long before it was popular or perhaps even expected. They worked to help keep their families afloat. To support their husbands entrepreneurial drive. My mother and her sisters, all entrepreneurial in their own right, gracefully proved that you could blaze a trail or two, help build an empire and still kick ass in the home. 

Feminism has changed.

It's very different than when Elizabeth Cady Staton and Susan B. Anthony marched for women's voting rights (cheers to the 19th Amendment!), and it's different even still from 50 years ago when Gloria Steinem testified on Capitol Hill in favor of equal rights.

But I have sat around a table of women, each seeking ways to share, proclaim and down-right grow themselves and their businesses (a massive thank you to Alexandra Franzen for this opportunity!). And I was struck - this gathering of women is the 21st century version of Feminism. It's not silly. It's not outdated. It's alive and well, as women meet to honor their own work in fellowship.

It is good. Very good, indeed.

 

Madame Prime Minister
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret Thatcher

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died yesterday. The world mourned. No matter our politics.

I have yet to read Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In, but it seems to me that Mrs. Thatcher was in fact a founding member of that society. She was a politican who happened to be a woman, rather than a woman who by chance happened upon politics. Or so it would seem looking back. Granted, what I remember of Thatcher is vague and deeply surrounding the fall of the Soviet Union, but her power and dedication were evident.

Mrs. Thatcher's drive was inspiring and yet, one thing strikes me. Margaret Thatcher did not seem the type to tell us she was leaning in, even if she was. What was important to her were her own convictions, not the look of them from the outside in.

And perhaps that's a vital lesson for women (and all people, while we are at it) who are leaning in - if you must tell the world you are doing it, you probably aren't.