The “Total Package!”
That’s what you hear all the time from the parents of pre-teen offspring when gathering at sports or field events. Looks. Trim bodies. Personality. Brains. These girls have it all. And, why shouldn’t they?
In the 21st century, emphasis on women, girls, and teens paths to success is allot different than us ‘over the hill’ ladies who were born and bred during the late 40’s, and the 50’s and 60’s.
The tone of society’s culture and corporate culture were totally different. The emphasis being then on ‘barefoot and pregnant,’ and think high ‘teacher, secretary, nurse.’ That was it for us corporate types.
Things have changed, or have they?
Not So Fast
For us ladies or women if you prefer, things have definitely not changed. We’re still hitting the legendary ‘glass ceiling.’ We’re still under-paid for the same amount and type of work that men perform. We still have to beg for time off to attend family events. We’re still encouraged to become teachers, nurses, and secretaries by our families because that’s a good female career to have. The ones who ventured past that approved territory are challenged or denied their certain rights and privileges that their male counterparts have.
Change is in the Air
Change is in the air. Ladies. You no longer have to settle because that’s what expected of you. You, alone, have the choice to change history and to change your career goals and aspirations.
How? By letting your Passion Drive You. By learning how to strategize your presentations to a supervisor, manager, boss, or board members. By finding and developing your voice personality. By mastering your interpersonal skills. By learning effective interview techniques, not just for jobs or a bank loan, but interviews that stimulate conversation and respect among your colleagues and peers. And by asking questions on everything and anything that you don’t understand, question the wisdom or validity of or by challenging that which is status quo.
It’s time to stand up and be counted.
It’s time for you to take action for yourself and not wait for a knight in shining armor to sweep you off your feet or marry a rich man to take care of sleep or sleep with the boss for your promotion.
It’s time for your passion, skills, and technological know-how to shine through and make something of yourself. It’s possible.
Go ask Hilary Clinton if you don’t believe me.
Go ask Oprah Winfrey if you think I’m not telling the truth.
Go ask Michelle Obama what it’s like to ‘mean what you say and say what you mean!’
Go ask Lillian S. Cauldwell what it takes to succeed in a man’s domain.
Go on. Ask them all.
When you’ve got your answers, look into the mirror and repeat after me.