Stop calling us devils; we have our horns for a reason

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When I told one of my close male friends that I am the editor of the school newspaper and my staff is all women, he groaned, laughed and wished me luck. I have found this to be the response from females as well.

Why is it perceived to be a bad thing when there is a room full of strong, educated women?

I am excited to work with the variety of women that I chose to support me in delivering a product to the school.

I went to see ‘Devil Wears Prada’ this summer after reading the book and was a little upset. When women are in power they are always portrayed as being cold, unfriendly and extremely uptight. Sure these are just characters of a fictional work, however, this is the way that women in power are perceived. Who would come to a CEO’s office and expect to see a woman in jeans with her feet on the desk half watching football, eating brownies and putting the finishing touches on a proposal that could end her career if done improperly and give her any kind of respect.

As a child, my mother always taught me that I had to be better than everyone else around me. Being average and the same as everyone wouldn’t work and I would get lost in the shuffle. The two reasons she gave me were because I am a woman and that I am black, double whammy. At the time she told me this I of course rolled my eyes and said that there was no difference between my friends and me, naively thinking that the world is fair. I was probably seven or eight at the time and unfortunately, I have found her words to be true. I slack off just like the next person, but I also have to make up for it if I want that extra edge.

Like all the powerful women, I have acquired my ‘horns’ and wear them proudly. I got them from having to bust down a few doors and barriers to get where I am currently. As life and career grows, I am sure my horns will grow as well.

I do have many women to look up to. I may not respect all of their programs or opinions, but I respect them as powerful women that have broken through the glass ceiling and saved, changed and had a huge impact on lives.

Oprah, we all know who she is and she is the only one of her kind, after all these years. People have tried to replicate what she built and failed. She has over come sexual assaults when she was young and a variety of other issues that people allow to define them and use as something to hide behind. Oprah is now a millionaire and household name.

Another woman that I have recently started studying is Eva Peron. She was the subject for the movie ‘Evita,’ which came out in 1996. She started climbing the social ladder at the age of 16 in the 1940s and 50s. She came from a lower class family and her parents weren’t married, which put her on the bottom rung of the ladder and should have kept her there.

She had a career as an actress and eventually became the first lady of Argentina. She installed the nation’s first welfare system and swore her life to helping the lower class people. Statues were erected in her honor and petitions sent to make her a saint. Of course she stepped on some toes to do what she did for her country and made some enemies, but what woman of power hasn’t?

The thought that women in power are mean, aggressive and slightly masculine is a horrible one and needs to be considered.

Women are not the weaker sex at all, but rather the stronger because we have more barriers and issues to deal with to get to the top or even in the same place as our male counterparts.

As far as women in power being called bitches, devils, evil and whatever else a quote comes to mind. “It doesn’t matter what you are called, but rather what you respond to.”

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