~ By DAF
I recently purchased the latest issue of Vogue magazine. On the cover it proudly proclaimed in large letters, “Women Rule!” I wondered what exactly was meant by that statement.
The article stated that progress takes strength and vision and that the women who lead and shape our culture today embody these traits, all sharing an indomitable pioneering spirit. They say we have gained a greater foothold on the places that matter from the White House to the executive suites and Olympic podiums. Okay.
Then it said Vogue has always celebrated “formidable” women. Formidable? I know basically what that word meant but looked it up just to be certain about its exact meaning. It means “Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense or capable.” Just as I thought. I have no wish to be called “formidable” and I doubt you do either. Please. The first thing I think of when contemplating the word “formidable” is a battleship, or maybe an armored tank.
Women have all kinds of intellect, courage and ability. But mistakenly believing that our greatest strength lies in taking on any form of masculinity not only diminishes our innate femininity but it marginalizes the real power we have. Vogue, it seems, does not understand feminine power. It’s strange as well as sad because, it’s run by women. They seem to be confused about the real center of their influence.
The women they celebrate have accomplished a lot. They are athletes, actresses, novelists, even political figures. They are smart, beautiful and successful. They all have some power, yes, but what they are noted for isn’t even the greatest kind of power they have access to. The kind that can truly change and shape nations. The kind that you possess, though it might be still in embryonic form.
Feminine power is wielded through our feminine influence, character and example, not through money, brute force, fame or glamour. It involves character, understanding men, charm, our great capacity to love and much more. It may take longer to produce results at times, but those results can endure long after our own deaths. Don’t underestimate it. Feminine power is a great strength—and we don’t compete with men for it.
For example, Mother Teresa influenced millions and still does today though she has been gone over 20 years. She didn’t wield armies, wasn’t particularly beautiful and didn’t command a big salary, yet she spoke before presidents and kings. She did become famous but that was never her intention.
The women of Women Wage Peace (WWP) are trying to bring peace to the Middle East through faith and love, not money or formidable influence. They are steadily making progress. It is born out of the love of their children and their children’s futures.
When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it echo the sounds of gunfire or the shaping sounds of lullabies? The greatest armistices made my military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?
Each of us holds within us great potential female power, unique to us. We don’t have to compete with men for it, nor does it work that way. We might be famous, rich, beautiful and successful. All these things are fine but never forget it isn’t where your greatest potential strength is. It lies in understanding and developing your full feminine potential.
(Look for more on feminine power in the soon to be released book “Fascinating Womanhood for the Timeless Woman” by Dixie Andelin Forsyth).