THE POWER OF FEMININITY
“The origin of a child is a mother, a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.”
Twenty-two years have passed since Miss India’s Sushmita Sen cinched the most coveted Miss Universe Title in 1997 when she wowed the judges with her answer to the clincher question of, “What is the essence of a woman?”
Today, many people would cringe at this response. The cultural zeitgeist has evolved into a wider acceptance of single, childless women, and women taking the lead in the workplace and even in homes. “Feminism” is now passé not because it has become antiquated, but because knowing an empowered woman is, simply, normal.
We join in celebrating Women’s Month to commend society for the milestones it has reached with the paradigm that a woman is no longer confined to certain roles.
While undeniably, in some workplaces, women leaders still find it difficult to lead an organization where not only male, but even some female, subordinates resist submitting to a lady boss; oftentimes associating her with a movie villain or a wild animal whenever she loses her temper. Perhaps, this stems from the deeply-rooted association of authority and aggression with masculinity, passed down our DNA in the last 700,000 years.
Nonetheless, we are featuring SBMA’s Atty. Wilma T. Eisma as our TMT Champion for being a shining example of blurring the distinction between men and women, and erasing the concept of glass ceilings. For this reason, we also celebrate the men who never installed those glass ceilings for her in the first place: her late father and her former boss, Senator Richard Gordon, and all other men like them.
More importantly, our TMT Champion exemplifies that women in power can even do a better job as they bring heart into the service, carrying Sushmita’s “sharing, caring and loving” essence of a woman over the fence into making a difference in the world. Such is the power of femininity.
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.