I have been talking and talking about the powerful role women will be playing in our society when 2024 comes around. It seemed far away 10 years ago but it is fast approaching and women need to prepare for her leadership positions. This is not just an American phenomenon but a world-wide change. For the last 22 years, women have been gradually moving ahead. You find her role increasing in the business world, the political world, the medical world and just about anywhere that you have a human role. Some of these battles to gain recognition, respect and even acknowledgement, have been brutal. For all those women who were the “first” in their position, they need to be recognized for the trail they cleared and the doors they opened for other women to follow.
Once we entered the vibrational field of the number two, the year 2000, the female really began her preparation in earnest. From here on in, she is in the soil of the number 2. This is the feminine number and will last 1000 years as she regains her power and position lost many thousands of years ago. It is big and we have seen hints of it over the last 22 years. Just this week, another door opens. If confirmed for the Supreme Court, we will have our first African American woman in this position. Each “first” is hard fought, but women are warriors and were always warriors. We just don’t understand the ancient histories of females in battles and the ancient powerful queens. We, in America, don’t even know our own history of the past 250 years so it is a bit much to assume there is an understanding of the role women played in previous civilizations.
I have mentioned in previous writings that women are extremely strong internally. They are the conscience of a society and, therefore, there can be a primal fear of her power. For those who want power, the last thing the powerful want is to be reminded of their conscience. Better to cover her up, put her away somewhere and take away her power. I have also mentioned that societies that do not respect and acknowledge the female do not do well economically and cannot thrive. They overlap themselves for power. An easy example of this are many of the countries in the Middle East. There are many tribal rivalries, religious wars and poor economic conditions for the citizens who live there. Most of them continue to maintain control over the female and do not allow her to be an equal in the society.
Just this week another trailblazer, Madeleine Albright, died. She was the first female Secretary of State in America. Her suggestions for women bear repeating. She said “women need to act in a more confident manner”. Another, “Women need to ask questions when they occur and don’t wait to ask.” “It took me a quite a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” During her role as Secretary of State during the Clinton administration, she played a key role in persuading Clinton to go to war against the Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic over his treatment of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. When she was UN Ambassador, NATO’s intervention in Kosovo was eventually dubbed “Madeleine’s War”.
She once exclaimed to Colin Powell, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who would later succeed her as Secretary of State “What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” She was tough and assertive. She had wisdom and common sense. She once took a hard line on Cuba, famously saying at the United Nations that the Cuban shoot-down of a civilian plane was not “cojones” (a man’s testicles) but cowardice.
Basically she developed fearlessness and didn’t need to be liked, however, she was. Along the way she spoke fluently in Russian, English and Czech and knew some Polish, Serbian and German. Another overly qualified woman with three children and whose husband left her for another woman. The age old story. Strong women are seen many times as a threat to men or there are not seen as feminine enough. Of course, as women age and move beyond the child bearing years, her estrogen levels drop and she becomes even stronger as her testosterone levels rise. We will see more and more middle aged women taking over the reins. Lots of 40 year old’s and older will begin moving into place.
Politics and government is a grand place for women to step into power. As we witness the general breakdown of our societies, she, as the Dalai Lama said, will save civilization. In fact he said something to the effect that Western women will save the world. Now, that is a huge undertaking. It also points out that the male domination of the reins of power is coming to a close. Cooperation, team playing, wisdom, common sense and leadership will be the hallmark of women’s rise. In government and politics, especially politics, there are no real requirements to enter. You don’t need a degree or a specialty. You need a network, money and confidence.
Here are a few suggestions for women to adopt now:
Be a risk taker and develop confidence. You cannot be powerful unless you develop confidence.
Become visible. Write an opinion column, step out and be seen and heard.
Regularly upgrade your education and skills.
Surround yourself with people who demand more from you not just those who are in agreement or are easy and comfortable.
Learn to be more aggressive in capitalizing on your networks.
Learn to network with men.
Stop putting pressure on yourself to be perfect in everything.
Learn power language. Stop apologizing.
Learn to love criticism.
Learn to invest in the political system. Be an active donor. Make giving to qualified female candidates one of your main charities.
Learn to ask for more income and charge enough for your services.
Learn to say “NO” to job offers that are not in line with your expectations.
Okay, ladies, get ready, get set, now “go”. Remember in your prior lives you were the sniper with your bow and arrow. You walked the killing fields with the men and finished off the enemy. You drove the herds to their deaths during the hunts. You are here today to help save civilization. You cannot shy away from the task. We need you to help improve society and replace those who want to harm it for their own power.
Thank you David. The next 3 years will test how much we can let go particularly how much we are willing to let women have control over their bodies while they rise in power. It will get messy.
Thanks Jude. Always good to hear from you.
So good! Bravo and thank you!
Thank you Gail. That was inspiring!
Passing this on to my posse!
wonderful gail, thank you so very much for this article. I appreciate it. Keep writing.
Gail, I love this article, you are right on with the women moving forward and center stage. Keep up your great work.
Seems like history is finally returning to time of ending patriarchy, and freeing women of that system seems to me should free us all, men too! A blessing for us all, necessary and so long overdue….we are all in this together, and together saves us all, frees us all, and empowers us all…
Wow! Powerful stuff. Thank you for these images Gail.
This is a powerful message, one whose time has come. I worked through several years of real isolation, being the first and only woman in management in a union environment. But I learned new ways of bridging differences and am glad I took the risk and helped form a trail. Please carry on to new grounds and sew even deeper seeds! Judy