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Can you explain the roots of women’s sometime am- bivalence towards power?


First there is good reason. We have been discriminated against, raped, abused. We have borne the negative impact of people having power OVER us. That’s why I say we must redefine power on our terms--the power TO: to accomplish great things for ourselves, our fami- lies, our companies, our communities. To innovate. to understand that power isn’t a finite pie, but rather an infinite resource. We can share it and still have plenty for ourselves. Power over is oppression but power to is leadership. Power over is from Mars; power to is from Venus. I find that when I talk with women about this in my speeches and workshops, their expression changes completely, their faces open up and they say, “Oh yes, I want that kind of power!”


What tips do you have for women wanting to em- brace their power?


First grasp that it’s up to us as women now. The doors were opened by many brave women who came be- fore us, but we have to have the courage to stand in our power and walk through those open doors with intention--and by the way bring other women through with us. The simple fact is that those in power don’t relinquish it voluntarily, and we must walk ourselves through those open doors.


Second, I created the 9 Ways power tools to give wom- en specific, usable tips and techniques. These can be downloaded from my website here: http://gloriafeldt. com/about-no-excuses/ in short form or as a discus- sion guide and self-directed journal women can use to identify their own power demons and think through how to reach their goals and lead unlimited lives. ■


Ruthie Collins is Deputy Editor of Inspirational Woman Magazine and writes features on contemporary culture and modern women. Her first book, co-written with Lisa Mundembe-Chuma, A Modern Day Sisterhood (published by Inspirational Woman Magazine) is launched in 2012. Ruthie makes art out of recycled media and glittery things, likes to throw paint at canvases and is also working on a novel - Doing up Cleopatra. Ruthie also works as an art and enterprise coach/consultant for creatives and entrepreneurial women. She is Creative Director of the Cambridge Art Salon.


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