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We are wives and lovers, mothers and grandmothers, daughters and sisters, and we must juggle daily, in ways men never do. We have birthed and buried, and in between we've always carried on. We are historically courageous. We are now, and always have been truly amazing!
The majority of U.S. residents are women. (United States Census Bureau statistics from 1999 - 2000) Fifty percent are married, living with spouses and raising an average of two children. Often we are living in blended families, raising our own children and children of our spouses as well. Twenty-five percent never married, 13% are divorced or separated, 10% are widowed, and over 15 million of us live alone.
Most of us have completed high school. Twenty-five percent have a bachelor's degree or higher, and fewer than 10% have less than a 9th grade education.
The majority of today's women are part of workforce, though most are still confined to traditional roles and we are still drawing salaries at only 72% of what our male counterparts bring home. Over a quarter live below poverty line.
The extraordinary pie made up of American womanhood is 71% white, 12% African American, 11% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 1% native American. But we are all women, and we come together around basics we share with one another. (The ethnic diversity statistics are based on 1999 census figures, for 139M females )
And we all juggle from moment we open our eyes each day to moment we close them again. No one tells us how and some are innately better at it than others. Some of us thrive on challenge while others take life as it comes. Still others go through life frustrated in our attempts to juggle effectively.
But whether we know it or accept it or recognize it, we do it. No one is better equipped to juggle our lives than we are! We know them from inside out and our waking hours consist of making choices, assessing priorities...juggling.
But, we can do better if we work together to hone our skills. We can gain, regain, and maintain control of our hectic lives by learning simple steps to making more informed choices. We need not be at mercy of circumstances that assail us daily. We can develop a smoother rhythm to our juggling and a greater confidence that each one of us has designed, rehearsed and perfected her own personal Juggling Act.
Karin Syren is a certified coach, concentrating on women's needs, helping leaders clearly identify issues facing them, coaching them through the steps to gaining, regaining, & maintaining control of juggling the intense demands & transitions facing them. She offers guidance in discovering mission, creating vision and designing goals. For information & to schedule a complementary session, please see her website at http://www.Solushunz.com