This comment comes from the wonderful Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and an amazingly insightful writer.
I’ve had the pleasure of E-mailing with her recently in connection with scheduling an upcoming event sponsored by a news women’s club here in the shadow of the nation’s capital. Her E-mail quote sprung from her excitement over the opportunity to talk with a few dozen women writers.
Connie Schultz has been a great inspiration to me. Her column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer proves that women can write about topics that are both politically and personally relevant and that such a voice will be heard by both men and women.
The Pulitzer validates that her approach is a powerful one. So when Connie talks, I think we should listen.
Her question is one I’ve thought about myself. But the thing I found striking about the way she put it was its obvious simplicity — why aren’t we in charge? What’s stopping us?
One thing I’ve noticed in life (and I know this is an over-generalization) is that men state and women ask.
Mr. PunditMom tends to say, “I’m going for a run.” I usually say, “Do you mind if I go for a walk?”
If I start announcing my exercise plans, instead of asking permission, where will that lead me? Maybe I’ll find the ability to announce other things, and where could that power — the power to take charge instead of asking permission — lead me? Where could it lead all of us if we tried it on for size?
I’m not talking about any big, sudden movements.
But if we let Connie’s words linger in our minds, maybe we’ll find a way to get ourselves a little closer to running our worlds, and then maybe the world.