Marianne Williamson: Feminine 2.0

Hell yes, women need to be out in the world if that’s
where we feel led to be, but not at the expense of
our spiritual mission. Rather, we’re in the world to
fulfill that mission, by proclaiming that the world is our
home and that we’re responsible for all of its children.

And that would change the world.

Just as we wouldn’t tolerate elements to enter our
home that needlessly endanger our own children,
so we shouldn’t tolerate elements in the world that
needlessly endanger anyone’s children. Homemaker
and motherhood are not just material conditions that
belong to a few; they are states of consciousness that
belong to any woman who assumes them. Women
should be the keepers of the conscience of the world.
We are keepers of the internal flame — the light of
humanitarian values and the primacy of love — and
our greatest power lies in keeping it lit.

Corporate profits should not be our economic
bottom line; the safety and welfare of this planet, our
collective habitat, should be our bottom line. On this,
we should insist. For we are the homemakers of the
world….

Money should not be our societal bottom line; the
welfare of our children should be our bottom line. On
this, we should insist. For we are the mothers of the
world…

Any mother, should she see something dangerous
in her home, would say, “No, not in this house! No
way! Not here!” And as women of the world become
the strong moral force that in our collective state we
are capable of being, then when dangerous elements
born of unrestrained greed and aggression enter the
world, it is we who should lead the cry, “No, not on
this planet! No way! Not here.”

A common anthropological characteristic of every
advanced mammalian species that survives and
thrives is the fierce behavior of the adult female of
the species when she senses a threat to her cubs.
From the lioness to the tigress to the mama bear, any
threat to her cubs is met with the fiercest response.
The adult female hyenas even encircle their cubs
while they’re feeding, not letting the adult males get
anywhere near the food until the babies have been
fed.

Surely the women of America could do better than the
hyenas.

read all the goodness here huffingtonpost.com

I think this is really good.

The Trouble With Bright Girls | Psychology Today

How often have you found yourself avoiding challenges and playing it safe, sticking to goals you knew would be easy for you to reach?  Are there things you decided long ago that you could never be good at?  Skills you believed you would never possess?  If the list is a long one, you were probably one of the Bright Girls  – and your belief that you are “stuck” being exactly as you are has done more to determine the course of your life than you probably ever imagined.  Which would be fine, if your abilities were innate and unchangeable.  Only they’re not.

read it all here psychologytoday.com

This is very interesting…from my perspective of myself and my daughters.

There Scalia Goes Again

Justice Scalia is now getting attention for his outlandish view, expressed in an interview in the magazine California Lawyer, that the promise of equal protection in the Constitution’s 14th Amendment does not extend to protecting women against sex discrimination. Legislatures may outlaw sex discrimination, Justice Scalia suggested, but if they decided to enact laws sanctioning such unfair treatment, it would not be unconstitutional.

This is not the first time Justice Scalia has espoused this notion, and it generally tracks his jurisprudence in the area. Still, for a sitting member of the nation’s highest court to be pressing such an antiquated view of women’s rights is jarring, to say the least.

No less dismaying is his notion that women, gays and other emerging minorities should be left at the mercy of the prevailing political majority when it comes to ensuring fair treatment. It is an “originalist” approach wholly antithetical to the framers’ understanding that vital questions of people’s rights should not be left solely to the political process. It also disrespects the wording of the Equal Protection Clause, which is intentionally broad, and its purpose of ensuring a fairer society.

Fortunately, Justice Scalia’s views on women are not the law of the land.

In a slew of rulings since 1971, often with conservative justices in the majority, the Supreme Court has consistently rejected Justice Scalia’s constricted view of what the Constitution requires. It would be nice if he underscored that fact the next time he spoke out on the subject.

WHAT?!

Robert Hormats: Investing in Girls’ and Women’s Education: A Smart Strategy for Development in Africa

I’m sure many people are familiar with the Chinese proverb, “women hold up half the sky.” But, after meeting some of the dynamic and accomplished women from the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) last week, I’m convinced that, in Africa, they probably hold up 60 or even 75 percent of the sky!

AWEP, a program sponsored by the Department of State, has brought 34 African women business leaders to the United States this week in conjunction with the 9th Annual African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) Forum. Secretary Clinton, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, and I have met with them.

Our goal is to connect these remarkable and accomplished women with their peers in other countries and with U.S. policymakers and business people. We want to help them develop contacts, exchange ideas that can further build their businesses, and seize new opportunities in the global economy. These women are voices of change in their countries. For far too long, women have been left on the outskirts of opportunity. And whether it’s discrimination in business or any other denial of a woman’s right to realize her potential, this phenomenon will always have a harmful effect on a country’s economy. No nation can power its economic growth without empowering its women. It is like trying to succeed in an increasingly competitive world with one arm tied behind your back.

There are few better ways to empower women — particularly in Africa — than investing in their education. Countries that promote girls’ education, and especially secondary education and skills training, tend to have higher rates of employment, higher wages, and lower maternal and child mortality. Better health, better jobs, and better businesses are all easier goals to reach if we make a priority of getting girls in schools and giving them a good education in Africa — and around the world.

Those working in development have long known that investments in the education of women don’t just benefit the women themselves, but their families and their communities as well. Studies consistently show that women allocate more resources to nutrition and children’s health and education than do men. We also know that educated mothers are more likely to educate their own children — and that can have carry-on effects for generations.

Educating women isn’t just a moral imperative; it makes good business sense. The more education a woman has, the more likely she is to be more productive in her work — and, one hopes, to start her own business. A good education increases the chances that women entrepreneurs will make the transition from start-ups to established businesses. Having lived in East Africa and having traveled throughout the continent, I have seen the hard work women in Africa do on their farms and in the market. Education enables women to better fulfill their aspirations in whatever they do. And, after educating them, we need to provide them with opportunities for skills enhancement and networking so they continue to advance to higher positions.

When the women attending AWEP head back home, having networked with one another and with American business representatives and government officials, we hope they will return with new ideas and contacts. We further hope that this experience will enable them to be even more motivated in serving as force-multipliers, laying the groundwork for greater prosperity in their own countries now and for new generations of women entrepreneurs, to enable them to sustain economic growth and upward mobility for years to come.

Someday I’d like to be a paralegal in the legal department of a non profit working to promote girls/women’s education globally. This is very important stuff. However, I have mixed feelings about promoting our system and business ideals in Africa.