When I think about women who are leaders, I cannot help but think of those who are famous and get lots of attention for their works. Since they do not need any focus, I like to remember the living and breathing women whom the public does not know, and may never, because they are every woman.
As a woman and a leader, I am the young tenant next door who hears your cries while your husband yells and pounds you in the wee hours of the morning. I quietly call the Police for help for you, begging them not to say I called. Of course, they did and he now yells at me through the walls. “Report that, Peanut Butter!” Now I cower in bed at night with a knife under my pillow. At least, he is no longer hitting you.
As a woman and a leader, I am very poor. I volunteer long hours at a local hospice. Unless a patient wants to talk, I just do what needs to be done –open or close blinds, hold a shaky hand, or just sit quietly nearby. I love it when I usher wheelchair-bound friends downstairs to a live music event. Their worry lines ease somewhat over that hour.
As a woman and a leader, I write letters about injustice, share opinions, thoughts and feelings. I know doing this is only a millisecond blip on the world’s computer screen. However, it helps keep my energy flowing and depression at bay.
As a woman and a leader, I grew up in a very bigoted family. Yet I married my love, who just happened to be of a different race. My husband and sons are beautiful and we will nurture each other forever. He and I teach our boys that racism and hate are ugly truths but that they do not have to define our lives.
As a woman and a leader, I teach reading to adults at the library. It is for everyone who wants to enrich their lives with the many adventures and worlds that lie within those book covers. We all love it and read vivid stories to each other.
As a woman and a leader, I love with ferocity. I hate and scream. I fight with words. I sit, watch and listen. I am tender, sexual and loving. I love my life and yours. I stand arm-in-arm with you from all continents of the globe. I bow and honour you. Your children are mine; my sons and daughters are yours. We are the new leaders of our evolving world.