October was Women's History Month, and there were all the usual events and conferences and speeches, much of it all focussing on what is still wrong with the world when it comes to respecting and celebrating women. Too often it was too earnest, too humorless, too negative.
Which is why I was encouraged to receive an email from a friend which was all about women lifting each other's spirits. It came with an exhortation to forward the email to five fabulous women. Well, I'll do one better, and send it to the world:
Subect: Hey Beautiful
IT'S BEAUTIFUL WOMEN MONTH & TAG YOU'RE IT! I'm supposed to send this to FIVE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, and you are one of them!!!
Facts on Figures:
There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do. (Hey! That's the old Body Shop slogan for our self-esteem campaign!)
Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14.
If Barbie was a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
The average woman weighs 144 lbs and wears between a 12-14.
One out of every four college-aged women has an eating disorder.
A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70 percent of women to feel depressed, guilty, and shameful.
Twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23 percent less.
An English professor wrote the words, "Woman without her man is nothing,"on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.
The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."
The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."
The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
*Please send this to at least five phenomenal women today in celebration of Women's History Month. If you do, something good will happen.... You will boost another woman's self-esteem!