The words Power Woman make most people think of women in boardrooms, legislatures, courts and competitions, but I believe we need to reclaim the term for the power that lies in women walking among us every day.
Accomplishments are not exclusively for those at the top, they are something we all have within us. If we celebrated our power more freely, I believe that would unleash the energy we need to make the world a better place.
So in that spirit, here’s the original Power Woman in my life — my mom.
She couldn’t go to college, so she spent her career making her bosses look and sound smart. She was the corporate wife, always entertaining my father’s customers. She was also the family negotiator, travel planner and no-shit taker.
- 87 years old
- Recently widowed
- Would have celebrated her 67th wedding anniversary the day after Christmas
And yet she:
- Sets goals for herself every day
- Resets her passwords, reloads her software and surfs the Net
- Manages all the paperwork, handles all the details
- Is a squeaky wheel, when needed, to get the above done
- Goes to yoga class
- Leads her book club
- Plays golf (weather permitting)
- Cries, grieves and lives
She was and continues to be my first role model. When I grow up, I want to be like her.
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