I believe it?s important to appreciate the female figures who inspire and guide us, especially our mothers.
Many mothers are ?women of wisdom? who work for their families and communities with no expectation of reward. These women often go unnoticed and unappreciated, so let?s acknowledge them during the celebration of Mother?s Day.
Many of the ladies who seek my help are in the second half of their life. They tell me that?they feel invisible, forgotten or no longer needed. We need these women, their wisdom, their time and their efforts.
Did you know that as early as 7thcentury BC the Oracle of Delphi was consulted for her wise words and direction. This Pythian priestess, who was elected to be the Oracle during her middle years, was the most authoritative among the Greeks and she was without doubt the most powerful woman of the ancient world. Even the famous historic philosopher Socrates believed in her power. I love the fact that thousands of years ago, older women were revered and respected for their experience and wisdom.
Numerous female role models have dedicated their careers to the empowerment of women.? The most active and influential role model?that comes to mind is Michelle Obama. During her time as first lady, she used her fame and position to direct media attention to many social issues, a prominent one being the empowerment of women. Obama is a mother in midlife?herself, who dialled back her career in law when her husband became President. She is an inspiring role model?for us, as she forged a separate path to campaign for social justice. Though no longer first lady, Obama continues her admirable work and remains a significant role model for women everywhere.
Another influential, public woman of wisdom who is devoted to publicising female empowerment,?is Meryl Streep. Now in her late 60s, Streep is a mother of four grown up children, who all have their own careers and lives. Following midlife she has maintained an incredible reputation as a talented actress. During interviews and public speeches, Streep uses her fame as a platform to encourage women to search for opportunities, to not be put down by others and to adopt self-interest to help them fulfil their potential?and feel empowered again.
As we celebrate Mother?s Day, think of the women in your life: Mother, aunts, grannies and friends ? let?s appreciate the wisdom they have passed on and thank them for it.
Anne runs a monthly Women?s Empowerment Meetup on the Northern Beaches. And offers a FREE 20mins Clarity Call for anyone interested in finding out more about Life Coaching. She has written a book How To Take Back Control of Your Life Now! And produced an online course How To Reignite Your Spark! As well as having blogs and magazine articles published around her expertise as a Women?s Empowerment Coach. To find out more you can visit her website. https://www.2Mpower.co