“Get ready. They’re waiting for us,” Heidi brusquely called me. I grumpily began to respond by quickly ending a sentence I was typing, making a trip to the bathroom, and changing into appropriate clothes. She had already exited when I left the house so I took a shortcut through the parking lot. Dashing through an empty space, a van with two men in it rushed into that space, pinning me between their bumper and a cement wall with not more than an inch of wiggle room for my legs. Frozen, I glanced to the driver who held up both palms to me as if to reassure me that he was as surprised as I was. After a few seconds I began to inch my way forward out of the way while he continued to stand on the brakes with his hands up, never backing away nor even touching the gear shift lever. Exiting the tight space I [...]
Why the world doesn’t really change – until women step massively into leadership and why this is so difficult to happen.
It is not only because women want babies, grow them up and feel to have to take care of the household, the family relationships, the psychological well being of everyone concerned. There is more lying underneath which makes it really difficult for women to go out into the public and claim their place in important leadership settings. Yes, there is the male dominance. Men feel great when they graciously “allow” women to take over some role in their society - and they, the men, get all the benefit by women feeling recognized and inspired to do even more for their male fellows, beginning with cleaning up their mess and organizing celebrations, food, whatever. And they, the women, make sure that the relationships go well, they are doing what they feel inspired to do: scoop everybody into a state of feeling good (the green mantra) - and more often than not they - the women - don’t realise [...]