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Take Pride in Your Choices
A. Ferraro, former candidate for Vice-President of the United States
Today, in America,
women can be whatever they want to be. We
can walk in space, and help our children take their first steps on earth.
We can run a corporation and work as wives and mothers.
We can be doctors and we can bake cookies at home with our six-year-old
Or we can choose none
of these. We don’t have to be superwomen.
For the first fourteen years of my marriage, I worked at home as a mother
and wife. That was a fine
profession, and nothing I have done since has filled me with more pride and
satisfaction. For me, it was the
right thing. Then I decided to work
outside the home, and that was also the right decision for me.
Not every woman would agree with my decisions, but the point is, they
were my own – I made them for myself. I
know that every woman can take pride in whatever she chooses to do…..
Let me share a letter
I received from a Rhode Island woman with two young daughters, aged four and
two. “I brought my two girls to a
rally for you in Providence, because I wanted them to see you.
I wanted them to know what they could aspire to, that the possibilities
for them were limitless, that they could, if they wanted, be President, and that
being female would not preclude them from doing or being anything they chose.”
That was really what
our campaign was about – making America the best it can be by using the
talents of every American. And that
is why, whatever else happened in 1984, I will never regret the campaign.
It was a gain, not just for women—it was a plus for all Americans.
We took down the sign that said ”Men Only” on the door of the White
House. That was more than an idea
for 1984 – that was an ideal to carry us to the year 2000 and beyond……
You are free to rise
as far as your dreams will take you. Your
task is to build the future of this country and of our world.
You are our new global citizens. Whatever
you do, I remind each of you that your potential and possibilities at this
juncture of your lives are limitless.
-an excerpt from Wellesley college Commencement Address
Provided by : Helene Lerner, TV
host, Author, and Seminar Leader and reprinted with permission.
If you would like to purchase her book or read more about it click here Our Power As Women : The Wisdom and Strategies of Highly Successful Women is a collection of 75 never before published essays from GREAT women. Filled with motivating stories.
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