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Remember When We Couldn't Even Vote?

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

Here in the politically correct 21st century, it's hard to imagine - in fact, it's almost inconceivable at all - that women weren't allowed to vote less than a century ago. The 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which allowed people to vote regardless of sex, was passed in 1920. That's a shocking fact, but a real one nevertheless.

We've clearly made some progress over the years, but it hasn't necessarily been easy going. We've all heard about - and many of us have actually experienced - the glass ceilings that companies artificially imposed on professional women. For the longest time, it was next to impossible for a woman to rise to the highest position of responsibility and authority in an organization. That's changing.

Our parent's generation seemed to be quite willing to allow the inequities that women faced to continue. The image of June Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver's mom) in her sparkling house wearing her dress, apron and sparkling jewelry to do housework is engraved in our collective consciousness. It was a fictional image, but when you think about it, actually served to identify our parent's generation. (The image of which is also fictional.)

So here we are today, and it's a completely new reality. In 2010, more women graduated from college than men. On the surface that might not seem like a big deal, but it really is. In fact it's huge. Education is the very foundation of success, so the fact that more women than men are going to - and graduating from - college means that more women than men are in the process of becoming successful.

It also appears that the glass ceiling might be cracking. There are some very capable Baby Boomer women that are running some of the biggest, most successful companies in the world, and making a boatload of cash doing it. Carol Bartz, the CEO of Yahoo, makes $47.2 million. Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Food has a take home pay of $26.3 million. Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo earns $15.8 million annually.

There's still room for improvement, of course. There are a lot more men in those lucrative corner offices than there are women. And many of us still bump up against that glass ceiling every day. There are still underlying problems when it comes to sexual discrimination, and it's going to be awhile before they go away.

But that's where you come in.

Despite the fact that smoking cigarettes has fallen from favor, the cigarette ads of old are a part of our cultural history. Do you remember the Virginia Slims ad with the tagline, "You've come a long way, baby..."? Well, indeed we have.

The process starts by seeing the opportunities for women that are all around us. The Internet - and indeed our evolving culture - have provided us tremendous resources. At a point in our lives where our children are now on their own-and maybe our spouses as well-there is so much that we can do, and should be doing.

The key is to start doing it. Don't wait another minute.

Joyce Becker is a successful marketing entrepreneur living in New Jersey with her husband of over 30 years. Joyce is also a trailblazer. She is helping people from all walks of life take control of their finances using the resources found on As a woman and a Baby Boomer, she has broken molds, working in a variety of careers and providing inspiration to countless women whose lives have been touched by her spirit and energy through

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