Celebrating Phenomenal Women!

goodwifes.jpgHappy Women's History Month you all!

In full celebration of the amazing power, freedom and grace of every woman on the planet, I want to re-share an article from my 2008 Rebel Belle Yell! Newsletter. It includes the 1955 Good Housekeeping article called 'The Good Wife's Guide".

Whether or not the article is true, I'm 'gobsmacked' every time I read it. I'm astounded by how women were advised to behave, and how secondary women's needs were to their husband and children. It reminds me how far we've come. Heck, it reminds me how far I've come!

As a southern woman born in the 50's, I was raised to be small, quiet, polite and inauthentic. My instructions were to look pretty, speak only when spoken to and keep a low profile, especially around men. I was groomed to be that perfect li'l southern housewife, much like the 'Good Wife' described in this article. Here are just a few descriptions from that guide:

The Good Wife's Guide

Have a delicious meal ready and on time for your husband. Prepare the children, eliminate the noise, light a fire and put out his slippers. Prepare yourself. Freshen up. Put a ribbon in your hair. Let him know you are thinking of him and concerned for his needs. This will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Be happy to see him. His day may have been boring. Make him comfortable, have a cool drink ready for him, let him lie down if he needs to. Be sincere in your desire to please him and provide a place of peace and order where he can be renewed. This is your duty.

Do not ask questions. Do not complain. Listen to him. His topics of conversation are more important than yours. He is the master of the house. A good wife always knows her place...

Knows her what?!?! Where these women sedated? Cater to HIS COMFORT, never question HIS JUDGEMENT, be sincere in my desire to PLEASE HIM? And....put a RIBBON in MY hair? Not a chance!

While I honor and celebrate these women of the 50's with their strength and character, and their ability to hold families together during the war, I am proud to be a woman TODAY!

Today's woman is powerful beyond measure. She knows her place. She is comfortable setting her boundaries.

Today's woman is a chameleon. She is shifting moment to moment, comfortable in any role she plays. She's charming, graceful, feminine and independent.

She takes risks moving into positions of power and responsibility, while at the same time bringing balance to her home, the workplace and her community. 

She's empowered to nourish others, but willingly opens her heart to receive.

She claims her power. She owns her passion. She has found her voice, her uniqueness and her style.

She boldly and freely expresses herself. She lives on her terms.

Today's woman is REMARKABLE. She's a 'REBEL-UTIONARY' woman!

Whoo ho and a Rebel Belle Yell! to the fabulous women in the world boldly 'tootin' their horns', choosing the roles they play, taking that leap of faith in themselves to unleash their juiciest spirits in the world to create life, love and work that resonate with their heart and their soul.

In celebration, I'd like to share a li'l 'Tuck Talk' interview with you. It's entitled, "A Phenomenal Woman". I invite you to listen as the fabulous Emily Burton shares how she grabbed her petticoat ruffles, picked up her skirt and high stepped her way out of the comfort zone of her life.

Listen Here: I'm a Phenomenal Woman!




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