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Wednesday Wisdom: March On

May 4, 2022

Wednesday Wisdom, Inspiration, Motivation for Women, Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners

Women TIES in Susan B. Anthony Park

Yesterday’s news headlines shouted action as a leaked document from the Supreme Court hinted at a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade allowing states to outlaw the long-standing abortion policy in the United States. Is this a business topic, you might be asking yourself as you read my traditional Wednesday Wisdom editorial? Losing some newsletter readers to my vocal opinions on all-things women vs. all-things business is okay since my main mission in life is to support women first and foremost.

I’ve been a “good Catholic girl” by all standards – baptized, confirmed, wed in a Catholic ceremony, annual confessions, and rosary hours. The one issue I have a hard time giving my total acceptance to is abortion rights. I truly believe it is a woman’s right to choose what she should do with her body and life decisions above anything else. As a female advocate, it would make sense I feel this way. If the government doesn’t regulate my husband, two sons or two brother’s health decisions, then they shouldn’t control mine.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham holding Women TIES sign at Women’s March in DC 2017 as captured in the movie Seeing Allred

Above all things, I believe women have been treated unequally to men in many arenas in life, especially when it comes to equal treatment under law. Although my prime mission is to help women make more money due to pay inequality, I equally walk among my sisters fighting on the front lines in any issues where women don’t have the same rights as men. It simply maddens me.

At the 2017 Women’s March in DC with over 120 women traveling with me as their leader, I turned around to see women from another group carrying a humongous pink, knit uterus to bring attention to a woman’s right to choose. A million women marched for their individual and collective passion on all women’s issues and Roe vs. Wade was the most popular one from what I could see by signs and displays and talking to women along the route.

So, what is a woman to do if her convictions or societal rules are overturned, taken away, or not noticed? As Maria Shriver tweeted, “But here we are. So, you say you want a revolution? Well, we have one right here, right now.” Our work is not done. Our voices not silenced. We must continue to stand up for a women’s right in all aspects of life and business today and every day.

Jill Bates, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel McClean and Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, Rochester 2017

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to motivate you to get or remain passionate about specific women’s issues that impact women today, and the girls of tomorrow. Our foremothers worked diligently to gain us some headway, but as you know that headway, gets pushed back time and again. We are the generation that must keep pushing forward for all things equal for our sisters in business and life. There is never a time to retreat until all things are even. 

If the world is going to change for women, women must change the world. – Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham

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