The video below is, perhaps, a testament to someone a good many people dislike. It’s a video about the presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. It made me think about how we, all of us, women everywhere, but especially in the U.S., we are all women of distinction.
I don’t share it to be political. You may keep your political views close to your heart. I am not asking you to “vote” or change your mind about her, if, indeed, you are among those who profess dislike and distrust.
I ask that you watch this for the historical perspective.
At various moments in my life, I contemplate my existence and wonder how I got to where I am. Like many other women who strive for success in everything they do, I have always realized the value and importance of other people, other women, especially.
We don’t achieve anything alone. We don’t dance along the path of success unattended. Perhaps, at moments, we remove ourselves to a place of contemplation where we are alone, but once we emerge, back into the sunlight, we are greeted with laughter and love, by the other women in our neighborhood – who are eager to hear what we learned during our moment of solitude.
History tells us that women have been striving and commanding respect and equality for hundreds of years. The fact that we, now, have the tools we need to be an astronaut, or an auto mechanic, or a CEO, or a nurse, or an engineer… is testament to our stick-to-it-iveness. We never give up. And, we bring our sisters and our brothers and our mothers and our fathers, and everyone else willing to come with us, along. Women, perhaps more than men, understand and know the world is a giant neighborhood of people who do not live in a vacuum. We’ve been meeting at the well for eons – and that well may be digital today, but the women of my neighborhood still communicate and support each other, without hesitation.
You may see me talk “neighborhood” a bit, as I continue to write about leadership, women’s rights, how to share your story, and more. I prefer neighborhood to tribe. It’s softer and more approachable. It’s a label that encompasses the concept of people working together, for the better good. Today, I responded to a note on my neighborhood forum and the response was quick, supportive, and authentic. I feel I have a new friend. I don’t know when we’ll meet in real life, but we will grow our friendship via the online forum, and it will be as strong as having coffee. I do approve of the coffee, thing, however. So, because this is a local neighborhood forum, I know I will sit with my new girl friend, over coffee, someday soon!
I am sharing this video for that purpose. Not to be political, though some will see it so. It merely struck me as a powerful reminder that women have come a long, long way…and we need to both recognize and applaud, all those whose shoulders we stand on.
Enjoy. You may even learn something.