You have been called to be a catalyst of transformation, what difference have you decided to make?
The disparity of women in top leadership positions of power and authority has occurred throughout the corridors of time. Although great strides have been made we have yet tremendous mountains of partiality to overcome. In order to appreciate where we stand today it is essential that we pause for a moment to reflect and revisit the plains of success from whence we have journeyed. There are countless women who have made tremendous sacrifices, bore unbearable burdens in leadership and attained noteworthy accomplishments.
Women of all ethnicity face and encounter the reality of lifting their eyes to a glass ceiling (Defined as: An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility), that has notably cracked in several areas and yet still awaits a blow substantial enough to be shattered completely. Together, we seek to break through uncommon barriers to ensure the advancement of future generations of women who will arise long after our departure.
There is a sub-Saharan African thought that expresses our universal war as we rise in power whether it is in corporate America, the private sector, non-profit leadership, the institution for higher learning, etc. The ideal states “I am because we are, and because we are I am.” It is my belief that the secret to our continued ascension in positions of power is found in our unified stand together as one forceful wind creating waves of eminent change in the world at large.
We must view our individual challenges from a global perspective, understanding that what affects African women affects Asian women, what affects Asian women affects European women, what affects European women affects Indonesian women. Our strength and power is increased as we perceive our individual plight as a collective struggle warranting unity in heart, spirit and mind.
In our river rapid race for advancement we often fail to take a moment to reflect on the many achievements that we have attained thus far. There was a time in history where we as women in specific were not allowed to enter into professions such as medicine or law, we were unable to attend college due to the fact that women students were not allowed, we did not have any property rights and the most essential of all rights that we did not possess was the right to vote. We did not have the right to have our voice, thoughts, and ideals heard. Through the power of our individual visions we are able to walk boldly through the shadows of injustice until we meet face to face with our internal hopes and dreams on the wings of change.
You have been called to be a catalyst of transformation, what difference have you decided to make? The question remains, in the echoing words of John E. Lewis, “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.