The inaugural International Women’s Awakening Summit in December, in Baja Mexico’s magical Todos Santos hosted over 90 participants at Cuatros Vientos (4 Winds) Yoga Center.
Perfect timing since President Obama just brilliantly shared the McKinsey Global Institute study on CNN that the “Global Economy Would Increase By $28 Trillion If Women Get Equal Rights and Opportunities. The US, Mexico, Canada and Pacific Islands could get a $5.3 trillion boost. Inequality today Costs As Much As the American and Chinese Economies Combined!” Time Mag: (McKinsey: Women Equality to Boost World GDP by $28 Trillion)
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PHOTO CAPTION (cover image, above): Baja Mexico’s 1st World Women’s Awakening Summit speakers Lynn Wedekind, a vibrational healer, and me with founder Angelica Robinson, beaming after two whales spouted on launch day, my 70th moon! Credit: photo courtesy: NAOTF.org
When I told the Women’s Awakening Founder, Angelica Robinson, a Colorado Mexican-American, about this mind blowing game changer, she asked me to share steps visionary women and often men are taking globally to trigger this economic boom. Especially since I led the Title IX March in Washington DC in 1977 for equal opportunities for women in school sports and education at the request of the PE Teachers of America. I then got Vice President Mondale to host a meeting, which started triggering the law’s enforcement after 5 years. The study confirmed how it significantly increased our workforce and economy over 40 years, plus rippled internationally.
Here are the most effective ways pioneering women have been restoring the yin-yang balance and enriching their families, communities, industries, and countries. They are the launching pad for this next Phenomenal Sustainable Planetary BOOM.
IVANKA CHAMPIONING WOMEN
First Daughter Ivanka Trump, whom I met skiing in Telluride, said her priority is championing “equal pay, tax deductions for childcare and 6 weeks maternity leave,” which CNN said would get Democratic support thanks to Bernie and Hillary’s groundwork.
Brilliant since the study said this formula is the fastest way to get more women into the workforce and a $4.3 trillion U.S. boost. The poorest don’t pay income tax, so a solution just needs to be found to get them childcare, and like the successful Micro Loans for women in developing countries, our economy can quickly soar. Uniting to play of the “Women’s Card” may be humanity’s saving grace, including making up for our illegal wars that robbed communities in the U.S and Middle East of dire needs since 2003.
MEXICAN WOMEN HELPED LIBERATE US ALL!
I confessed to the Women Awakening participants that “I had a senior moment” when I first mentioned to Angelica that I’s share how U.S. women helped liberate the world. I had forgotten that the women of Mexico City hosted the UN’s first International Women’s Year in 1975, where two Olympians, my mom Stevia and I, added sports to their World Plan of Action. That is key to developing our full potential as men and Indigenous women have known for eons. Sharing how “the top 100 America women pioneers of business and politics in the 70s were tomboys or dancers in their youth,” helped wake up alot of women.
At Marimar Higgins’ dreamy tree house-like yoga center in Todos Santos, ten goddesses presented amazing ways to further access our fullest potential through organic nutrition, Indigenous wisdom, healing arts, eco activism, yoga/meditation, ecstatic dance… http://www.cuatrovientosbaja.com/women-awakening#new-page
Since healing trauma is key to a peaceful planet, a few of us shared how instead of passing on our pain, we transformed it into joyful gifts to humanity. I recycled my put down of having to hitchhike 75 miles to Wintergreen to get on-snow training with Denver University men’s ski team in 1965, because I didn’t have male organs to be covered by NCAA insurance, and no scholarship, into leading the Title IX March.
I shared how I recently learned from the Women Elders of our Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF), that “most our tribes came from the South, especially Mexico, carrying their delicious avocado, corn, tomato, beans, and chia on their Ancient Trade Routes.” The Spanish and President Jefferson then shared their “Vegetable Garden of Eden” with the world. So the Azteca, Huichol and Mayans are the ancestors of most our tribes. The egalitarian Iroquois developed our most advanced democracy, and their clan mothers adopted the Suffragettes who were tortured in jail winning us the vote. Bless them!
Thanks to my translator Elena Ascencio Ibanez helping me celebrate our Mexican sisters for their historic gifts, at the end they sang to me, which brought many of us to tears! Together with my ancestral Scandinavians, and our sisters around the world, we have together made leaps in creating happier women and families. And thanks to this timely summit, we’re just getting warmed up!
WOMEN MARCHING, VOTING, OPTIMIZING SOCIAL MEDIA, COLLABORATING
Thanks to girls and women around the world marching in the front lines for democracy, climate change and equal rights, females in unprecedented numbers were voted into office last year, especially in ASIA.
MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN have made leaps, bolstered by their RIO Olympic sports inclusion, a supersonic pilot, and a Nobel Prize for risking their lives to get educated. Saudi Arabia’s EDOF Foundation is helping stop female trafficking globally.
GERMANY’S Angela Merkel, a scientist, is the peaceful voice and glue of the European Union. As First Lady Michelle Obama said in CNN’s “We Will Rise” documentary about spreading education and equality in Africa with Merrill Streep, “We lose out on the full potential of our countries when we don’t invest in the talent of our girls.”
In the U.S. election, Secretary of State HILLARY got nearly 3 million more popular votes.
Sweden is the Supermodel of a peace and renewable energy-loving country, thanks to voting women in over 40% Parliamentary seats. The McKinsey study said “Scandinavian countries have the highest female labor force thanks also to state subsidized childcare, paid leave and men sharing household duties, resulting in the highest standard of living,” and mutual appreciation! That’s why CNN founder, UN funder Ted Turner quipped, “women should be running America for the next 100 years.”
30 years ago, Iceland women courageously went on strike for a day. Husbands freaked out having to take their kids to work, clean, buy food, make dinner…, and saw the light overnight. That year Iceland elected their first woman President Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Instead of banks just prospering, everyone has.
In 2014 the UK did a study, “What is a stay-at-home mom’s salary worth?” Tasks add up to $113,568 yearly income. Theresa May then became British Prime Minister.
To finalize equal pay this year, Icelandic women brilliantly left their jobs at 2:30 pm, reflecting how much they are paid for equal work!- a quick easy solution.
STATUS OF PAY IN U.S. AND MEXICO
Today U.S. Women are averaging 77% of men’s pay for equal work. As Bernie Sanders has been saying, the minimum wage of $7.50 is “a poverty level wage” (where single mom families suffer the most). For America to get a $4.3 trillion dollar boost, the minimum needs to be raised to a “living equal wage of $15, instead of making the rich richer”.
Even though the cost of living in Mexico is lower, hotel maids make a poverty-level minimum wage of $85 pesos per day, about 60 cents! Women are generally earning half of what men make for equal work, with the exception of the Mexican government wisely paying teachers and doctors equally. So their government also needs to raise their minimum wage to a livable one and equal pay to get a big piece of the trillion dollar pie.
Due to decades of discrimination, America’s senior women also get lower Social Security than men. Yet to compensate for Mexico also favoring their rich and men, American and Canadian women expats have been lighting the way for fair pay by giving Mexican maids about $200 pesos for half a day, adding up to about $30 USD a day.
Oprah and Ellen exemplify how women in leadership positions have helped America and the World Rise by compassionately sharing Mother Earth’s abundance. Their TV shows ingeniously pioneered companies reaping huge profits by giving struggling women who help others their “favorite things,” knowing moms buy for their families.
Through enforcing Title IX in the U.S., we were able to shift school budgets from only 1% to over 40% of the men’s federal school budgets not by beating up male leaders, but educating them that the “Right to Sport is the Right to Health,” while sharing the joy of skiing. As director of skiing at Mt Snow, I then skied with my heroes, owner Mark Fleischman, who first believed in me, and the Title IX author Senator Birch Bayh. This genius told me “To get the law enforced you must get Senate Health Chairman Ted Kennedy’s support.”
Having just skied with President Ford at Vail, I went to Aspen. On the chairlift, Kennedy saw that his sisters enjoying sports got their whole families fit, so he put Title IX under his wing for 30 years. Along with President George Bush Sr, Billy Jean King (Cherokee) with her Women Sport Foundation (WSF) lawyers, and activists at every school, we created a winning team effort.
Later Kennedy honored me in front of his 30 family members, since Title IX increased girls participation in high school sports by over 979%(US News), and saved Americans over a trillion in healthcare and welfare. It also enriched most sports, including skiing, by billions. Full story: Title IX Key to Sustainability and Longevity of Snow … and Coastal Cities.”
“TITLE IX ALSO LIFTED ECONOMY BY TRLLIONS” -Kinsey study
Title IX’s equal education opportunities provided girls with job training in technology, arts, sciences and entrepreneurship. Then equal sports gave girls the health, confidence and networking to get their dream jobs so they also became happier respected family bread winners.
Anu Madgavkar, a McKinsey author, said this created a “major attitude shift among American men; women spent less time on housework, more time on childcare, and men spent more time on both,” so even more women got paid jobs.
As a result, “Women’s labor force participation in the US has risen 30 percent since the 1960s, adding trillions to the economy, said McKinsey staffer Rebeca Robboy, who helped heal my heart, when she said I was her hero!
“Legislative chances like Title IX can make a difference,” said McKinsey partner Kweilin Ellingrud, co-author of Power of Parity.
ATTRACTING MOMS REQUIRES NEW VALUES: Celebrating Women!
Title IX transformed generations of impoverished minority girls into prosperous Olympians, like the “Fab 5 Gymnasts” at Rio. In 1996, Atlanta became the Women’s Olympics, and ad agencies hiring women ad writers started appealing to moms who control the family purse strings. Proctor and Gamble then brilliantly started honoring the huge hearts of moms who create the Olympians, and their business THRIVED! Kimberly and Foster Gamble then produced “What on earth will it take to THRIVE,” the video.
In 2012, The Obamas gave it a boost by convincing the United Nations to spread our Title IX formula to lift developing countries through their inaugurating an international “Day of the Girl,” supported by USAID and micro loans.
In 2015, REI.com, a national outdoor consumer cooperative, found that more women on the boards of outdoor sports companies increased profits by 14% last year. U.S. ski leaders now recognize that moms decide where the families vacation, which ski areas or ports. The main economy of my paradisial Puerto Vallarta is tourism.
Ski areas like Vail hired female marketing directors who knew best how to lighten the loads of burnt out multi-tasking moms, so everyone can relax and enjoy their ski experience.
FEM DISCOUNTS FASTEST TRIGGER
The fastest way to win moms over to ski or fly south, is by celebrating them and being sensitive to their financial struggles from decades of unfair pay. Especially through offering female discounts, like airfare and hotel discounts, and lift ticket packages, so millions more women can afford to take vacations and ski again.
For example, since U.S. women are paid 77 cents for equal work, offer all females ideally a 33% discount. This would easily double profits since moms bring an average of three family members with them. That is why Bob Orbacz, the respected former COO of the Snowsports Industries of America, endorsed this solution even before the McKinsey study proved our theory.
Governors of the ski and port states may also be hiring dynamic women marketers to win the hearts of mom, to join the $4.6 Tr gravy train for their airline, hotel, food and tourism industries. Pioneers get the lion’s share!
HOW COUNTRIES ARE RESTORING YIN YANG BALANCE
To also awaken humanity how to trigger this economic boom, some amazing goddesses at the summit joined forces: UNISEF-UN writer Jasmine Pittenger, Todos Santos publisher Wendy Rivers, Canadian filmmaker Eda Lishman, my translator Elena, and Lorena Moreno and Julieta Adriana Elorriaga Verplancken’s circle of 600 La Paz women.
Feminist Kimberly Gamble, a former Newsweek writer, liked these strategies and offered to spread this Trillion Dollar Baby to their 70 million THRIVE viewers on www.thrivemovement.com! At her suggestion videographer Roberta Booth graciously preserved my awakening speech.
Part 2 and 3 of my Women’s Awakening stories include the old soul wisdom of Jennifer Lawrence, the highest paid actress, and how we women sports champions demonstrated in Aspen so millions more women can afford to ski again to trigger this $4.3 trillion boom in America this winter. Plus easy ways that empowered moms can streamline getting Mother Earth down to a thriving 1.5 Centigrade for their children to prevent a “Sixth mass extinction? Two-thirds of wildlife could be … gone by 2020″ – three years. (World Wildlife Fund and CNN)
In spreading and supporting the nurturing genius of “Girl and Mom Power,” our Earth Family is rebalancing and bringing in a Vibrant New Dawn for everyone!
The morning after the Summit, seven whales spouted in praise.
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