By Ann Brownfield Meara
When I was a girl, Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman on the hit TV show of the same name. Sisters in the 1970s were finally--- as the popular song says--- “doing it for themselves.”
A perfume ad on television portrayed how women could both "bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan." And Billie Jean King was showing young girls like me that women could challenge men.
By the the time I was in college, young women were optimistic and grateful for the inroads of equality made by trailblazing females. From their efforts, we glimpsed a potential rising professional pathway. In the 1980s, we even had our first female presidential hopeful.
Things were looking up for women. The pioneering women who had come before us had made so much possible...or so it seemed.
Looking back, I see how these examples, these inroads and my resulting hopefulness propelled me forward as a young woman.
How can we facilitate that kind of hope within today’s young women and girls?
I suggest we start by asking:
Thinking of yourself as a woman of wonder and infinite possibility, what do you dream of creating in your lifetime?
Meditate and reflect on this; and once you know your aim, lasso that dream and shimmy up your golden rope through actions that inspire and benefit all of us.
Creativity isn’t just about making art. Although, certainly artistic expression can create awareness that leads to social change. Art can make a difference through bold statements and by expressing ideas differently; in ways that people notice. Creativity is this and more.
It’s finding a unique way toward solutions. Perhaps your dream can be realized by asking:
•How can your artistic expression support your dream?
•And how can your thoughts, words and deeds support that dream for yourself and other women?
Women of wonder, let us reflect and create through both art and life because If we collectively work for high ideals that benefit present and future females, it’s a wonder what we can co-create in this world.
©️2020, Words and Image by Ann Brownfield Meara