When I initially began this Friday series a few weeks ago, my focused intent was to “tell the story” of women in business and to take it a step further…women of faith in the Marketplace. That’s why I began the series with Nancy “Honeytree”…now Miller. A couple of reasons I chose to kick off the series with highlighting Nancy’s life is that, first and foremost, she is a woman after God’s own heart; and secondly, she wrote and recorded the song, “Pioneer” ! In case you missed that first blog in the series, I urge you to go back in the archives, read the blog and then listen intently to the words of the song….it will set the tone for the remainder of the series.
Today, I’m featuring two incredible American women pioneers who have certainly “blazed the trail” for women coming after… Amelia Earhart and Maya Angelou. As you’re most likely aware, Amelia has the distinction of being the first American female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, receiving the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She mysteriously disappeared while flying over the Pacific in 1937. Recently, a fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
Then there’s the amazing Maya Angelou…a more recent notable “woman trailblazer”! An author and poet, actress and singer, storyteller and activist…she also has the distinction of being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. I could go on and on about Maya and the inspiration she brought to so many, including this pioneer woman! You may also be aware that her name was in the headlines this week as the United States Postal Service unveiled, in a very high profile ceremony, her image on the this Forever postage stamp. Unfortunately, someone at the USPS didn’t “do their homework” as the quote on the stamp was actually penned by another author. According to Mark Saunders, USPS spokesman, “The Postal Service used her widely recognized quote to help build an immediate connection between her image and her 1969 nationally recognized autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ ” Would be interesting to hear Maya’s “take” on the issue…my feeling is that she would be the ever-gracious, woman of excellence we know and love in her response to this embarrassing snafu!
But wait…there’s a third woman, less known but nonetheless, a pioneer woman, in her own right! As I began thinking about women role models in my own life, it didn’t take but a micro-second to say that my mother, Marjorie, had the greatest influence on my life personally. Not only did she sacrifice much for me, she showed me every day, by her example, what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She truly did “walk her talk”…every day! Perfect…far from it! Forgiven…and dancing with Heavenly Hosts as I write this message. What she taught me could fill many more blogs…and she would be proud that I’m following in her footsteps as that Well Woman…a woman of faith in the Marketplace.
I encourage you to take at least a few…but preferably more…minutes to reflect on women in your own life who have made a significant difference in your life…whether famous or not so much…no matter…as they were and are fulfilling their God-inspired destiny…and if you’re so inclined, please share them with us.
Remember this too…Linda, Jen and I are here, providing a powerful resource to support you in your mission and to help you fulfill your God-given destiny…you are that extraordinarily ordinary woman…time for you to RISE UP to that calling!