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Women’s Work is Not Done: Women In Business, Women in Sports and Women’s Rights

January 18, 2018

Wednesday Wisdom and inspiration for women, women entrepreneurs and female business owners

“I am not afraid….I was born to do this,” was the first thing my half opened eyes saw at 5:30 a.m. this morning. This miraculous quote was stated by Joan of Arc in the 1400s.

As you may or may not remember, Joan of Arc was a peasant girl living in medieval France, believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England. With no military training, Joan convinced the embattled crown prince to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies. After seeing the prince crowned King Charles VII, Joan was captured and tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19. By the time she was officially canonized in 1920, the Maid of Orléans (as she was known) had long been considered one of history’s greatest saints, and an enduring symbol of French unity and nationalism.

Why remind you of this brave women’s life? It is to point out that women have been brave humans leading the way in this life’s real and unseen battles for centuries. Today with more freedoms then our sisters of the past, women manage businesses, run for political office, compete in high level sports and travel to the moon, we must not forget the centuries of struggle. In 2018, most women live blessed lives in comparison to other generations; yet we mustn’t be complacent and stop striving for a better life for females.

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves,” was the other quote I read this morning by British writer Jane Austen. It speaks to the way I feel about women. The adaptation to this quote in my words is, “There is nothing I would not do for women entrepreneurs and women in general. I have no notion of loving women by halves.” Whether you are white or black, straight or gay, worth millions or hundreds, selling quilts or mortgages, black or white, old or young, it does not matter to me, you are women and I am dedicated to you and your success. When you have a burning passion in your heart make sure you share it with the world to honor the women who have lived and persisted from the 1400s to 2018.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to remind you that women’s work is not done. We are still not in enough board rooms, speaking on the Senate Floor or running multi-million dollar companies. We still don’t have permanent protection of the 19th Amendment, earn the same pay rate as men or see full arenas when we play sports. In 1968, the popular Virginia Slim ad focused at women stated “You’ve come a Long Way Baby” and women had but not far enough. Please take today to contemplate what freedoms you have and what still needs to be done to make your life and those of other females better.

As Women TIES proudly co-hosts the “CNY Women Rising Weekend” in Syracuse this weekend, I hope you are moved to join me to promote women in business, women’s rights and women in sports. As Amelia Earhart said, “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.” Come fly with women this weekend, embrace your role in today’s world to better it for females today and the generation to come. I need you with me.

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