25 Things Women of Wisdom Want You To Know

Appreciating Women

Generation X, The Latchkey Generation, MTV kids, The Bust Generation – Women of Wisdom have often been labeled with these monikers.  I even heard that my generation, the “microgeneration” of people born between the 70's and mid 80's was the lost generation.  But I'm here to tell you, we are not lost at all, we are fantastic!

Empowered!

We are women who were raised to speak up for ourselves, even though we weren't yet in the era of #MeToo.  Women of Wisdom were given education and strong leaders like Tyra Banks, Marissa Mayer, and Susan Wojcicki who have their identity figured out and who were paving the way for the next generations of women to follow. 

We are women who have learned to trust our voices.

It's okay to be feminine!

Princess Diana, she taught us that you can still be feminine AND powerful. We don't have to choose one or the other, even though the generations before us said we did. 

Feminine and feminists don't have to conflict

 

We are resilient!

“Gen X women are caught in a ‘no woman’s land’ in the workplace,” says Tacy M. Byham, PhD, CEO of Development Dimensions International, a global leadership consultancy. But we are fighters, instead of going down easy we showed up, work harder and keep going. Gen X women have the challenge of balancing a career with parenting kids (Some who are already adults) as well as caring for aging parents.

Yet, we are still keeping up with the industry trends that are fast paced and aimed at keeping younger workers focused. 

Generation X women made it possible to be mothers and successful at work!


Gen X women who paved the way for work-life balance–maternity leave, nursing rooms at work, flexible hours,and it is often their strong commitment to family that prevented them from going after a promotion.

We Are evolving!

Even though in the U.S. in the past, we have seen every generation group do marginally better than the generation before, Generation X did not meet that standard as a whole. This generation entered the work force during the highs of the Clinton Era and were expected to keep up and do better. But after 9/11 and the Great Recession, Generation X began accumulating debt, worked to pay off high student loans, many started families young and faced rising childcare challenges. 

But we are NOT the slackers our parents deemed us to be. Gen X'ers evolved and have found their way to the top. By taking management roles and moving mountains behind the scenes, this generation has created the most innovative startups in the world. 55% percent of startups were founded by Gen X'ers.

We are realists! Not everything is wonderful, and that's okay!

We knew life before computers, but we mastered them.

Our generation grew up in computer-free homes. We remember getting our first gaming systems. We actually loved playing “Pong” and trying to figure out how to get that frog across the busy highway. Our generation still plays video games, shops online, and uses social media even more than any other generation. We aren't far behind – 54% of Gen X'ers reported they are tech savvy, coming up on the 56% of millennials! We use social media almost 40 minutes more each week than the younger generations.

We were the Latchkey Kids, and we made sure the next generation wouldn't know what that meant.

When we were kids, adults were focused on being adults. Gen X kids were raising themselves as the world saw increased divorce rates. Now both parents were in the workforce, and in the U.S. Gen X saw a time when government spending was diverted away from programs for children and teens.
 
As kids, we saw what the Crack Epidemic was doing to our communities, and it was better to send kids home behind locked doors alone than to let them roam the streets.  So kids became readers, learning about the world beyond their doors.  Generation X became the most educated generation.
 

Women took the lead, and we are holding strong!

Our generation of wise women are the first to ever make more money than our male spouses. According to a 2011 survey of nearly 3,000 college-educated, white-collar workers by the CTI, nearly one-fifth of Generation X men earn less than their wives, compared with 14% of boomer men.

We don't need to raise children to be valued.

Women of wisdom began delaying or even opting out of becoming mothers. Having a child doesn't boost your value, knowledge, or skill.  We taught the world that parenthood isn't for everyone. (43% of college-educated, white collar women from this generation are childless, – Center for Talent Innovation)
 

Women like us are more experienced.

We have seen hard times, and excess. We've lived through Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and some of us still remember the excitement of Ronald Reagan going from actor to president. We also know the frustration of Clinton and terror of 9/11. We cried when Diana was killed and I still remember exactly where I was when the Challenger space shuttle exploded on live TV. 

We are leaders!

We took control with wisdom and experience, and now we are leaders.  51 percent of leadership roles worldwide are made up of Gen X'ers. 

 

We are amazing!

In spite of being the lost generation, we have risen up to be amazing entrepreneurs, brilliant scholars, and fantastic mothers. We can do anything we set our minds to. 

We are emotional

Life could have made us jaded, but instead is allowed us to see how far we've come and sometimes that can make us emotional. We have crossed the river, and now we can see where we almost drowned and when we learned to swim for our lives.
 

We are independent

Our strong independence came from the struggle we have overcame.  We came to power with music from Melissa Etheridge and K.D Lang who gave us new faces of strong women and made us see that we didn't need men to see us.

We changed the rules of sexuality.

We stepped away from the traditional roles, accepted our sexuality and began to challenge stereotypes. Jodie Foster, Tracy Chapman, and Serena Williams rose up to challenge what is sexy.

We were the Breakfast Club

We were cool and didn't know that generations later, would look back at us and call that time “classic” and mimic our style.  But as adults we look at things like Pretty in Pink and cringe at the things we accepted then, but would never allow now.

We are special.

As many of us have embraced a time in our lives when we are seeing more silver hairs, we are loving who we are and the years of struggle that earned us those battle scars. We are special because we carried with us kindness, respect, and a touch of spunk. 

Women of Wisdom have so much to share.

We might be the “Forgotten generation” but we have so much to share.  Today we are bloggers, authors, teachers, and motivational speakers. Sometimes pushed behind the younger, more brighter starts, but don't count us out. We have so much to share that has come with time and experience.

Now is our time to shine.

For many of us, the kids are grown and we have this opportunity to change our lives and chase our dreams. I hope you'll join us on the next stage of this Woman of Wisdom's adventure as I tackle a new blogging style, venture out on new adventures, and even take on mentoring the next generation of bloggers.

 
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