Let’s get right to the point. In the world we live, the image of women is extremely distorted. I have struggled, most women have struggled. Who are we and what are we supposed to be doing?! Sheri Dew, former counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says,
“From the beginning, [the powers of evil have worked around the clock] and with a vengeance to distort the very definition of womanhood to confuse everyone, including us. Consider this headline: “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” (Forbes, 17 September 2007). Every woman listed is a politician, an entertainer, or a CEO. I mean no disrespect to any women listed. What I dispute is the bold distortion that in order to have influence, a woman must have money, fame, or a title. That is a big, fat lie!
“Here are just a few lies: That men are smarter, have all the power, and are more important, so if we want to have influence we should be more like them; that marriage and family are confining; that motherhood is menial and a waste of any talented woman’s time; that women are perpetually frazzled and failing; and that a woman’s value is based on her size, shape and what she accomplishes outside the home.
“Too many women have bought these lies. Our culture is disintegrating at the speed of light, and unfortunately, our gender is doing a lot of the damage. Sleazy, immoral, cunning women who flaunt their indiscretions jam the airwaves and monopolize magazine covers. Yet we watch their shows, donate to their causes, and even see them as models.”
For full talk: Awake, Arise, and Come Unto Christ , Sheri Dew
Let us stand up and, inevitably, stand out for what is right, what is good, and what is true. I love this quote by Audrey Hepburn: ” The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
We cannot be what the WORLD thinks we should be in order to have positive influence. Stephanie Nielson is an inspiration. She understands her true identity as a daughter of God, as a wife, a mother, a friend. I love her story and am grateful for wonderful examples like her who can help us feel good about being good; that we do not have to be defined by our body, our job or the amount of money we have, but rather by WHO we are and how much we love God.
“…Every one of us has a unique opportunity to change the world. Are we the women God needs us to be in the latter part of the latter days?” (Sheri Dew)