And so it goes with the month of March that women continue to March into their God-given paths and purposes. This month is synonymous with the millions of steps and strides women have taken to propel themselves forward by shapeshifting and breaking rules to accomplish goals, raise children, become corporate titans, lawyers, doctors, athletes, clerks, cleaners, therapists, writers, wives, support systems, friends, entrepreneurs, and to just be ENOUGH.
Whatever hat you put on today sis… wear it well, whatever role you play today sis, you betta act your ass off. It’s the only way to pay homage to all of the women who marched before you, the women who were once told by some of the world’s most influential men that:
“It’s the law of nature that women should be held under the dominance of man.”- Confucius
“Nature intended women to be our slaves. They are our property.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“They have the birthright to work wherever they want to – as long as they have dinner ready when you get home.” – John Wayne
‘’ Does she look presidential fellas? Give me a break.” – Donald Trump
Thanks fellas, but we’ll take it from here! 1964 marked the year that women collectively began to dismantle the “This Is a Man’s World” theory chartering new territories by traversing unmarked boundaries and breaking down the walls of male chauvinism brick by brick. Women began to gradually chip away at the glass ceiling when Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was passed prohibiting sex discrimination in employment thus giving birth to the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Women are not strangers to change because our ability to adapt and conform in order to force progress lies in the very fabric of our being. We still have a long way to go but have come so far possessing a rainbow of talents and gifts to share with the world so we must not be afraid of the “Pivot”. To make a pivot in your personal or professional life means to change the trajectory of your focus or “rebrand your identity”. So many of us abstain from embracing the pivot in fear of being perceived as inconsistent, indecisive, compulsive, or difficult. When we hear all of these derogatory words used to describe a “reinvented woman”, we should laugh at them, not internalize them. Internalizing negative perceptions about your identity not only scares you, but it will also cripple your creativity and make you “behave”. But Laurel Ulrich said well-behaved women seldom make history.
Ladies, if you have ever wanted to switch gears and rewrite the narrative of your life but were too afraid to act, I give you the following trailblazers to reignite your inner flame:
Multifaceted Leader Stacy Abrams was a romance novel author and published 8 novels while simultaneously studying law at Yale. However, today she is known for single-handedly converting the state of Georgia from a red state to a blue state! Stacy’s “Fair Fight” organization is on record for registering over 800,000 brand new voters.
J.K. Rowling is known as one of the most successful authors of all time. However, prior to her rise to success, she battled severe clinical depression. Her manuscript was rejected a whopping 12 times before she was finally able to give the world the Harry Potter series. Instead of succumbing to her mental health condition, Rowling personified depression in her writing thus giving birth to the famous “Dementors” in the HP series.
Barbadian flower child Rihanna is mostly known as an actress and singer but decided to work her pivot by entering into the makeup and clothing industry with her Fenty skincare/make-up line and Fenty X lingerie brand. Forbes reports her Fenty brand is now worth over 3 billion dollars! Needless to say, she’s taking her time with this new album lol.
The above rock stars mark the start of an infinite list. Repurpose these stories into stepping stones. Whenever you want to rewrite your business, your relationships, heck- even your entire life, calculate the pros and cons then move forward with your plan! Take your losses in stride and treat life’s changes as fuel for creativity. Challenge yourself daily… and when you’re done, reach back, and pass the baton to the next woman!