“Woman is the best of man” Félix Lope de Vega
Simone Weil, Aung San Suu Kyi, Josephine Baker, Marie Curie, Olympes de Gouges… The list of great women in this world is long. Add to those that History deigns to recognize, all those forgotten, who have worked in the shadow of a man, they are legion.
Look around you. Our mothers, our sisters, our grandmothers. Look at what they’ve accomplished for a moment.
They have made our homes, our communities families, our men fathers.
They have sometimes led splendid careers, held their families at arm’s length, traveled the earth.
They have moved the lines, people grow, move their time forward.
They raised children, they built the great of this world.
If we put the History of Humanity on an hourly scale, we would be talking about women and their rights for only 0.8 seconds. Great women work in the shadows.
I was lucky enough to meet one of these great women recently. Not content with having led an extraordinary life, she is a great source of inspiration for me.
She gave off such light, such energy, such presence.
Not content with having succeeded well beyond all her expectations, she embodies a landmark, an anchor, a motor, for millions of others.
It carries a message, it transmits light.
We are all wonderful by our very nature as women. We are each of those women around the corner, who change the life, who make it more beautiful.
Be in some Ladies. For a moment sweep away false modesties, discretion, doubts, fears.
Sweep all of that for a moment to find that wonderful part that is inherent in the feminine.
Share it with others, pass it on to our girls, reveal it.
Raise your head, take your place, not by elbowing your elbows, or pulling others down, just revealing that part of the wonderful in you.
Great women have worked for us extensively in the past. Feminism has evolved.
The rules have changed, although there is still a long way to go.
So what can our feminism be today?
What can be our commitment?
Of course, it can be social, political, medical …
It can also, more discreetly, be that of trying to inspire. To try to resemble the big ones, to deserve their lineage, to strive to make it last.