"Over the past forty years, women have gradually started breaking through the glass ceiling of corporate finance and high business. Once, it was thought only possible for a woman to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, provided it was leaned against the bunk bed of some male executive and to whom she waited on hands and knees.
For centuries, women have had to take a back seat in all aspects of life, including specific roles in the church, state, law, business, society and the home. During the years preceding the New Millennium, whether a woman chose to get on in the world of high finance or even in the film or modelling industry, such progress would often only become possible if she was prepared to do for her male boss, that which his wife wouldn't!
Thank God for a more enlightened change in general attitude and the introduction of sexual legislation today. I hold out a warm welcome to discrimination tribunals, more assertive women and the right of women being able to wear the trousers if they chose to do so at work, socially or in the home. It makes me proud to live in a country where we have a female Monarch and a female Prime Minister, and I know all of my 'gay' friends will forgive me when I say, 'I'm glad I'm married to a woman of substance'.
There is much benefit in looking in the mirror on a morning and issuing a statement. I don't mean a wicked Queen statement like, 'Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of us all' , but instead a self-affirmative and positive statement such as, 'Today is going to be a good day'; something I have done for most of my life. If you happen to be a woman lacking confidence, and who requires self-enhancement in thought and deed, try the words below as a daily tonic:
'I am a woman of substance. Don’t judge me by my looks or my clothes. I am more than what meets the eye. Define me by the tough battles I fight each day. Define me by my courage to face them as I rise above no matter how difficult. My life is not glorious and I don’t have medals to flaunt but my biggest trophy is my heart. I value love, friendships, honesty and trust. I will survive despite all odds in my life because I am strong through and through. I am me, a person of worth, a woman of substance.'"
Love and peace Bill xxx