Dear Friends of WIA,
Kamala! How wonderful is it to see a woman reach the office of Vice President of the United States! I saw so many photos of girls watching her on television with big eyes and glowing faces…young adult women proud and inspired to be ambitious and confident when they set their sights on high level goals…mothers happy to see the world open up for their daughters and softening for their sons. But for me, as an older woman, the joy was something different. She is not a role model for me, something that I aspire to be. She is a dream I never thought I’d live to see. After the disappointment of 2016, I became convinced that there was no chance that the US would catch up with the rest of the world where women are in key government leadership positions.
And then it happened, and I felt the earth shift under my feet. I stood a little more rooted in the ground, inhaled a little more of the air around me, and my presence solidified to be a little more pronounced. I think we’re going to be feeling the growing impact of this event for years to come as more and more women take positions of leadership in every aspect of our lives.
It’s time for the world to experience the full impact of female leadership. It won’t be perfect, but it will be different. With this election, I was also pleased to see more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LBGQTIA+ elected to office. This will change things, as they will approach leadership in ways we haven’t imagined before. The more diverse POVs that we have in the leadership pot, the wider the experience and understanding is, and the better things will get for everyone.