Felt so heavy hearted last week that my eyes were leaking. The girls wanted to know why I was sad. I explained that so many of the women I know are emotionally exhausted. Exhausted from loving, supporting, fighting, staying calm, being rational, being crazy, being co-dependant, being independent, caring too much about others and caring too little about themselves.
I was heartened to hear about some Icelandic history. On October 24, 1975 the women of Iceland took the day off and rallied to protest their low status and wages. The country ground to a halt. Five years later Iceland elected a female president, a single mother, a breast cancer survivor. During the campaign a male opponent protested her credentials to run "You can't do that you're a woman and half a woman at that." To which Vigdis Finnbogadottir had the wit to reply "I'm going to lead the country, not breastfeed it!" MAGNIFICENT!
As inspiration I downloaded Helen Reddy's empowering "I am woman", listening made me smile again.