What does it feel like being surrounded by 30,000 women? It is a breathtaking experience to be in a sea of women who are determined to make the world a better place for themselves and their families. Since 2003, Maria Shriver, First Lady of California, has hosted this conference -- bringing together activists, scientists, doctors, judges, actors, and everyday women in an attempt to find commonality that will help propel women, and thus society, forward.
The theme of this year's conference is IT'S TIME: Time to come together, time to empower our inner lodestone, time to heal ourselves, time to heal society, time to take matters into our own hands in order to move the country and the world into a safer, more secure, and more prosperous place.
This century will be ruled by "emotionally intelligent" leaders, say the speakers.
Self-help guru Tony Robbins pointed out that 80% of the wealth in the United States is controlled by women, according to the Wall Street Journal. As well, 90% of all purchases in the US, including cars and electronics, are made by women. After all, history shows that women do know how to exert power. Cleopatra was the richest person in the world -- the last pharaoh -- and she knew how to manage an army. Biographer Stacy Schiff says that Cleopatra was "fully aware of herself as a woman -- even artfully aware -- but unencumbered by that fact."
The question for me is: What keeps women from fully embracing our power? Why do we seem to shy away from the awesomeness of what we carry? History has shown what powerful women are capable of. What we need to understand is that we are all powerful and we can all make a difference. Every day, every woman can make a difference to the world she lives in. She can choose to utilize her power individually or collectively to bring about the change she believes in. There is a wonderful video that brings it all home. It's called THE GIRL EFFECT. One girl, one step at a time.