Have you ever felt invisible as a woman? Do you remember when, why, or what made you feel that way? I have felt invisible as a woman more times than I care to even admit. There have been many times I felt like I was operating in the dark. I knew, that I knew more than I was permitted to share in order to keep harmony. As I write this I cannot fathom that I navigated through life like this. I believe that all women, each and every single one of us is designed perfectly by our Heavenly Father to do great things. But in order to accomplish great things we must speak up. Silence is not tolerated. So in honor of all women; those women who surround me now and those of you who have forged ahead of me, I write this from my heart for you.
Do you see the shoulder of an invisible woman in this photo?
You see I am way past invisibility now, that young gal got left behind several lifetimes ago. The gift of age has brought me visibility, and a voice… and of course wrinkles. But I feel it’s a pretty fair trade. So just maybe this is why I felt so angry earlier in the day.
While Sadie and I were out for our morning walk we were both nearly struck by a car. We saw the vehicle approaching so we moved all the way over to the very edge of the asphalt road. ( this is a two lane road) As the vehicle got closer it sped up and veered toward to us. We jumped off into the grass.
I asked Sadie “Are we invisible?”
Am I just a hat? Am I an invisible woman?
So you know me well enough by now that this got me to thinking and knowing that I must share this with you. I need to speak up. Women need to speak up. We must be our own advocates.
First I was mad. I was so mad. I was steaming, sweating, huffing, puffing mad. In fact I was so mad that I walked an extra mile just to find the vehicle that forced us off the road and wrote down the license plate number.
I told Sadie, ” this is just so wrong Sadie, what is wrong with our society when a person can’t even slow down for a woman and her dog and nearly run them right over.”
Sadie just looked at me and shook her head too. Both of us were very mad now.
So I thought to myself society might not see me. But I sure bet they’ll look at art, a beautiful plate, some flowers and maybe even my dog.
We must not, cannot be invisible women. It is our responsibility to one another to be the voice, the power, the love, the community which encourages and nurtures. With joyful hearts we need to be promoting creativty, intelligence, inner-strength, healthy mindset and curiosity among us all, at all ages, all seasons, all walks of life.
About a year ago I met this incredible woman who is an advocate for all women. So, I will simply say this. I have been blessed. I was blessed to share a few hours with Amy Poehler, as she genuinely encouraged me as a Maker, and most of all as a woman.
Today I am sharing with you her Smart Girls organization. While this uplifting organization is specifically dedicated to young people, it speaks volumes to us all.
“Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend.”
Live with strength, courage, and a voice that resonates long after you have moved on.