“When there are no glass ceilings, the sky’s the limit” is perhaps the most inspirational line from Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on 28th July. Breaking through the glass ceiling herself, she is the first woman nominated for president by a major US party. Potentially, she could become the most powerful woman in the United States, if not the world.
Whilst it may be an over generalisation, women have to work twice as long and twice as hard to prove their worth in a man’s world. Even in the US, only 5.2 per cent of CEOs in the Forbes Fortune top 500 companies are women.
Prominent women who had broken glass ceilings in the political arena include Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi – amongst others. In ancient China, there was Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman “huangdi” (emperor) in the long history of China. I am not focussing on politics, whatever views you may hold, but to drive home the point to all the women readers here to embody the belief that “When there are no glass ceilings, the sky’s the limit”.
Hillary’s mother Dorothy was an “orphaned” child, having been given away by her biological parents. Sweet must be her pride to see her daughter Hillary graduate from Yale Law School and now the Democratic Party’s nominee as President of the United States. A fervent supporter at the DNC has said this of Hillary – “But, like her mother, Dorothy, if she gets knocked down seven times, she will get up eight.” I call this quality, resilience – a shock absorber if you like, one that will help you bounce back from the setbacks in life. (Note: Many of my posts here focus on resilience.)
Don’t believe anyone who says “You can’t do it.” Believe in yourself as only you can. Forge ahead towards your goals as if there are no glass ceilings and embody resilience.