October 6, 2014

Have You Noticed Something About The New Fall Season of Television? Could The Tides Be Turning...

Is it just me or are we seeing more female television characters assuming powerful roles, ultimately relegating their male counterparts to play the supporting partner?

Three of my top favorite shows this season are Scandal (of course), How To Get Away With Murder, and Madam Secretary. It occurred to me last night that each of the programs not only portray smart capable women masterfully succeeding in powerful positions, but the men in their lives are the caregivers, the seekers of emotional and professional support, and the underlings competing for professional advancement.  

As our media evolves and diversifies, will the end result ultimately empower our young women and girls to follow suit? Changing the vernacular, reversing roles, and accepting unconventional relationships hopefully will continue to be commonplace and not the exception to the rule.

I found the following piece a few years ago. Every time I read it, I ask myself how I will be remembered. We can all agree Olivia Pope's Epitaph would be spectacular. What about you... 

Would it be okay if your gravestone read: “She was an exceptionally mediocre woman”?

If your eulogy went something like: “She followed every rule with precision. She rarely made a mistake and was a great champion of the status quo. She never ruffled any feathers, took any great risks, suffered any great loss. She always operated within the bounds of appropriateness. She had the love and acceptance of her community, family, and friends, though no one knew her. Her life was smooth sailing because she never rocked the boat. She contained her passion, her dreams, and her danger enough that they could call her a good woman”?
For some, that would be enough. But not for you.

Your epitaph will begin: “She redefined what it meant to be a good woman.”
It will say: “She scaled mountains, in hiking boots and in heels. She started in her own backyard and then went all the way around the world. She accepted challenges with curiosity and determination. She emerged victorious regardless of outcome, knowing both the pleasure of success and the grace of failure. She tasted long hot days and cool still nights, at home wherever she found herself. She wasn’t always popular, but she was always true. She wasn’t always comfortable, but no one can say she didn’t enjoy her life. She explored her edges, increased her capacity, and lived as big as she could dream. Moved equally by bliss and pain, she played her heart out one moment at a time. She was dialed in. She was courageous. She was turned on.”

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