Greece recently elected their first female President, environmentalist Katerina Sakellaropoulou. In Finland, all the political parties are run by women, and their prime minister, Sana Marin, age 34, is currently the youngest PM in the world.
This week we are talking about “Women in Politics”. We love this topic because it includes us all. Why? Even if you are not literally running for office, we guarantee that you are dealing with some form of political struggle in your life. Whether it’s office politics, family politics, or even some dispute with your neighbor, it all comes down to the same thing; the good of the individual (you) vs the good of the whole. What am I willing to do, give, or be, in order to meet my personal needs, and create a balance that will be a benefit to my family and/or community?
Michelle Obama talks about this subject in her candid autobiography, ‘Becoming’. One of the most important decisions (or as some could say, ‘sacrifices’) she made, was agreeing to support Barrack’s run for office. While it’s not a life she wished for, Michelle believed her personal desires didn’t outweigh what she believed to be true, which was that the United States and the world would benefit if Obama became President.
In the fictional Danish drama ‘Borgen’, Birgitte Nyborg becomes the first female Prime Minister. In addition to navigating the complex world of politics, she struggles with the guilt of how her new job is affecting her family.
And closer to home, in our video this week, we talk to April Engelberg, a young woman who recently ran for office in the Toronto Municipal election.
Whatever battle you might be fighting personally or professionally, there are valuable lessons to be learned, and always an opportunity for growth. Or as the old adage goes, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game”, that really matters.
Jessica and Tracy
On our channel
What’s it like running for public office? Does it make a difference as a woman? Why is it important for women to vote? April Engelberg shares her story and shows us how being an entrepreneur and a lawyer prepared her to run a campaign.
What’s inspiring us
Just released on Apple TV, Borgen is the Danish political drama about Birgitte Nyborg, a minor centrist politician, who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark against all the odds. It was originally released in Denmark in 2010, and then became a smash hit when it aired in Britain. This compelling drama asks the question, “Can we have it all?” The answer isn’t necessarily “yes or no”, but more about Brigitte’s ensuing struggle and journey. Spanning three seasons, we see the toll taken on her family, her health, and her personal and professional relationships. There are also a myriad of other compelling stories played out by the supporting cast of advisors and journalists following her career. We promise you won’t even notice the subtitles, and the story will stay with you and probably ignite some interesting conversations.
Recently in an interview with Julia Roberts, Michelle Obama said, “If you’re going to be married for 50 years, you’ll probably hate your partner for 10 of them.” She went on to say that this was just reality and she’d happily take those odds. The frank, funny and incredibly honest way she shares her wisdom around the “reality of a successful marriage and life”, is why we love and admire her so much. Her book Becoming, is full of these kinds of insights, illustrated with anecdotes from her incredible life. They are designed to remove the glamorous veil through which we might view her, and allow you to connect and understand that life is full of ups and downs, and “there’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
On the blog
In today’s blog, former Toronto councillor candidate, April Engelberg, shares her takeaways from her experience of running for office. Take a look
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