The Notable Women among us.
Last night I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) annual banquet where they honoured 100 notable women from around the country.
To say that the women of CFUW are a force to be reckoned with is a bit of an understatement. From consulting with the UN and UNESCO on issues regarding the status of women around the world, working for peace in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan (and just about everywhere else), spearheading and writing policy on environmental issues, establishing literacy and anti poverty initiatives here in Canada, these women work tirelessly to improve the status of women and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. And...they do it while raising families, growing careers and contributing to their own communities.
To see anyone of these women walking down the street, your first thought wouldn’t be “powerhouse world changer”. They are moms, and wives, and daughters busy with life just like the rest of us. As I sat there listening and watching, it got me thinking about how quick we are to judge and form opinions based solely on the physical person we see before us. You know, the old “book by its cover”. I think this happens especially quickly when we are working with Seniors. We often see the body and all it’s frailties without taking time to get to know the mind and heart within it.
My challenge to us all today, is to take another look at the Seniors around us. Then take the time to ask questions about their lives, passions and interests. See them as the powerhouse of change, innovation, compassion and action that they are. There are notable women in them all.