Madeline Albright made a statement at a conference that I attended last year. “There is a place in Hell for women that don’t support other women.” She owned it with conviction and attitude in the presence of over three thousand women. Superficially, I had to agree. Picking up an extra box of tampons doesn’t require much effort at all. But later I decided that although I understand Madeline’s passion for supporting and fighting for the social and human rights of women, I found the statement to be a little harsh from my perspective.
I have yet to be turned down by a fellow female who was not interested in one of my many causes in one way on the other. In fact most women are surprised that I ask so little of them. I believe for the most part that women in particular are innately kind and generous. A simple “call to action” mobilizes even the busiest mother, the hardest working career woman or the poorest student to participate in activities that invite them to “walk in someone else’s shoes.” I challenge women (and men) to picture themselves living in a homeless shelter, to imagine their children being sold on the street and to listen to the cries of their daughters being beaten by a man every single day. “HOPE HEART AND BEAUTY” has evolved from a thousand acts of generosity and kindness when sympathy was replaced by empathy.
I won’t be condemning many souls to “Hell” any time in the near future. But for those who are lost in the chaos of their own uninformed or busy worlds, I will find them and I will transformation them.