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I daresay that Grandma didnít care about floppy scarves. She had more important things on her mind. And so should we.
We have families that need our guidance and love. We have communities that need our leadership and sensitivity. We have a world that can benefit immensely from gifts that we, as businesswomen, can bring to it. And we have businesses that need Ö yes, a womanís touch.
My other grandma raised her family by herself, too Ė 5 children and a disabled husband. She was a nurse, bless her heart. It is for her, and legions like her that modern womenís lib movement is meant to help most of all.
It is due to armies of women in mid-20th century who fought for equal pay, better working conditions, child care, health insurance, Medicaid programs and work sharing that our part of world has become such a better place.
We certainly havenít won all of our battles. There is still a long way to go. But, my goodness, can you imagine what our world would be like if we had been like men? If we had simply put on suits and said, ďYes, sir.Ē
No, we opted to be different. We opted to represent under-represented, poor, neglected. And more power to us for having tried. I will opt for way of turtle, slow and steady, so that as we win our wars, everyone will benefit.
There was a History channel program recently that showed Nazis proclaiming that US women could never help in war effort because we couldnít do anything more severe than dust a table. They didnít know Rosie Riveter, or you or me.
I celebrate our difference.
I will fight tooth and nail so that women and minorities donít have to be equal to men.
Will you join me? Itís time.
Ms. Shank is founder/president of BusinessPlanMaster.com. Her decades of experience in the man's world of business finance gives her a unique, wry outlook on the issue of equality.