I had the pleasure of reading two articles yesterday. One was an op-ed piece for the Washington Times written by Olympia Snowe on her recent resignation. The other, this one from Huffington Post on the continuing battle between working mothers and stay-at-homes.
Per Senator Snowe, "For change to occur, our leaders must understand
that there is not only strength in compromise, courage in conciliation
and honor in consensus-building — but also a political reward for
following these tenets..."
and from Ms. Melton, "So, angry, debating ladies... here's the thing. My daughter is watching me AND you to learn what it means to be a woman. And I'd like her to learn that a woman's value is determined less by her career choices and more by how she treats other women, in particular, women who are different than she is. I'd like her to learn that her strength is defined by her honesty and her ability to exist in grey areas without succumbing to masking her insecurities with generalizations or accusations. And I'd like her to learn that the only way to be both graceful and powerful is to dance among the endless definitions of the word woman... and to refuse to organize women into categories, to view ideas in black and white, or to choose sides and come out swinging. Because being a woman is not that easy, and it's not that hard."
While seemingly different topics, they both touched on the same important premises --- the need for compromise and open-mindedness, a decrease in hostility, and to remember the real goal which unifies us all - progress and fulfillment.