We Have Arrived


Hello ladies! Isn’t it amazing that this month’s issue is in recognition of us, women? I believe that many of us don't fully understand how much we do and contribute to the world, and in this article, you will learn (or remember) how much times have changed, and just how powerful we indeed are.

Wouldn’t you agree that the role of women has changed tremendously over the years and have made has made a huge impact on society?

The biggest change, it seems to me, if you summarize all of this, is a change in opportunities and options.

Often, working outside the home means that women have two full time jobs – the one at work and the one at home.

More than men, we are still the keepers of the house, the planners of family events, the bill payers and errand runners. Mothers, more than fathers, are the ones who stay home with sick kids, join the PTA, and help to plan school dances, banquets, and field trips.

However, this is changing. With my experience of being a nanny, I have started to see more dads stay home with the children while the wife goes out to earn a living.

These changes are good for women because it fosters growth and options. They are suitable for men, too. Now with women around the table, men can allow their noncompetitive side to emerge, which makes these changes good for the whole.

Now, together we can produce better decisions and get better results. The most successful companies and the healthiest institutions in the country have discovered this.

Women bring a different viewpoint to problem-solving that enhances the quality of the solution. Women bring a different set of issues to decision-making that enhances the quality of the decision.

Here are a few fun facts:

Changes in the workforce. 34% of women worked outside the home in 1950, it’s 60% today. That compares to 75% of men.

Changes in what I call, “where you see female faces,” women are now in growing numbers in law offices, doctors’ offices, science labs, boardrooms, the military, outer space, the ministry, Congress, the Supreme Court, faculties, and even university presidencies. We’re still working on rock and roll bands, the White House and the Augusta National Golf Club.

So, if you think we haven’t come a long way, baby, think again!

As millions of us educate ourselves, we grow stronger. As we grow, we realize that while many of our choices are for the family; we can also make decisions that are going to benefit ourselves as well. As we make decisions for our families, and ourselves many are now the breadwinners of their family. To top it off, many single moms are doing this on their own!

All in all ladies, I remind you to understand and recognize that you are a woman of power. As time goes by, you must continue to grow your self-confidence, your individuality, and most of all, grow into your own skin with comfort and be are ready to challenge yourself and step into your powerful and authentic self. Remember ladies, powerful and independent women are emerging. We have arrived, and the world better be ready for us!

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Mary Hang is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Although she wears multiple hats as an entrepreneur, her biggest and most rewarding passion is impacting the youth through Young Entrepreneur Society.