Tragic Irony. I was just editing a video today that explains how climate change is connected to my work on the planet, even though I don't work directly in environmental advocacy.
The video connects the dots of my belief that women are the key to saving what is left of the earth, no matter what work they are called to influence and magnify in society or business.
And then I see the news the the President of the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Accord. There will soon be even less earth left to fight for, especially if this president is allowed to serve out his term.
My story started two years ago, with an aha moment in Glacier Park, Montana. What are the chances that this video, which has been on my to do list for months, would come together today?
Spoiler alert - the truth that was revealed to me is that the reason the world is so effed up is due to an imbalance between male and female power for, oh, at least 2000 years. Granted, not an original insight, but one that stuck with me as territory to make my stand.
The election of the current president is an incredible example of how far the pendulum has swung, one that would be comic if he were not so dangerous. He is insane and the leaders doing his bidding are equally out of touch. Having lived for the last 6 months mostly outside of the United States, I have watched with growing disbelief the coup that has taken place.
This is not about dissing men. I love good men. Ironically, many of them have not prospered under this testosterone-fueled Ascent of Man, either. I wish more of them would organize and stand up to the misogynist bullies and good old boys among us. But, as they say in macho Texas, I don't have a dog in that fight.
I do have one in my own back yard, though.
Ladies, I know you are busy. Doing what? Is it the work you were born to do? Are you having the impact you know you can make on your family, community, society in general?
Discovering what that work is and pursuing it is how we increase our collective influence. That is how we restore the balance of power between women and men on the planet. And that is how we save the world.
The only way I can look future generations in the eye is to do my part while I am here. I don't know if it will be enough, or if it is too late. That is not for me to decide.
I am focusing on real life women who are stepping outside of their comfort zone and collaborating online in record numbers to redesign business and society in our own image. With luck and dedication, this rising tide will sweep over the tiny giants.
More women are starting businesses than ever before. The rate of new business creation is highest among African American women. Immigrant women follow second. Women of all backgrounds are turning their backs on a corporate system that was never designed to meet their needs.
We are turning to one another in increasing numbers, rapidly forming incredible online networks of support that operate independently of traditional channels.
This terrific news also threatens a very calcified, powerful status quo.
Could these statistics have anything to do with the current backlash from entrenched power structures in the United States against women, social programs, the earth itself? Perhaps I am being a typical woman, overly dramatic - I'm menopausal and certainly not to be trusted, for God's sake! Or, I'm simply a pesky oversensitive feminist looking for bias where there is none.
Did you see the new statue on Wall Street, the location that the whole world sees as synonymous with US financial might?
There she is, a statue of an unarmed little girl who looks like she just stepped out of 1955. She's about to get trampled to death by the great big macho bull. She's a cute little thing, her hands are defiantly placed on her skinny hips, her short dress wafts in the breeze.
If you were an alien from another planet, you know, one where women had equal power with men, what would be your take-away from this symbolism?
She was hailed as a bold gesture in support of women, even by some women's groups.
I've got an idea. How about a statue of a female matador with a bloody sword?
Or, unlike our current President and his minions, we could take the high road, which is rapidly looking like the only path out of self-destruction. We could replace the girl and the bull with a simple globe, a representation of our collective planet.
A place in space sometimes referred to as Mother Earth.