Before you read forward let me set the stage. If you know me then you likely know my belief: Feminine and Masculine energies when brought into harmony and combined make the most potent force in all creation. Unfortunate that we keep half of our human potential – the Feminine – marginalized and subdued. My passion, as a writer, is to explore and share how gender synergy can be realized.
What I have come to know is that no man can be the liberator of women. Heroes, and heroines, even those with pure hearts, can’t but help find themselves placed on pedestals by those they aid. It’s the natural relationship between hero and so called victim. Inevitably the sum is inequality. It’s the very same phenomenon that compels Feminine to be its own liberator, and women to be their own champion.
On that theme, these words from Kim Kiyosaki – wife of Rich Dad, Poor Dad author, Robert Kiyosaki. “It’s not unusual for women’s self esteem to be linked to her ability to provide for herself. When a woman’s self esteem rises, the relationships around her tend to also improve. Higher self esteem leads to greater success, which leads ultimately to the greatest gift of all – freedom.”
- 80% of single-parent families are headed by women (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
- 66% of minimum wage earners are female. (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
- Single moms’ average net worth is $17,000; single dads’ $80,000 (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
- On average, women do 4.2 hours a day of unpaid work (childcare, housework, meal preparation, eldercare etc.); men do 2.2 hours on average (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
- The more a job is considered ‘women’s work’ the less it pays. (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
- 70% of part-time workers are women. (Status of women in Canada)
- 47% of women over 50 are single (financially responsible for themselves)
- Of the elderly living in poverty, three out of four are women (Morningstar Fund Investor)
- Seven out of ten women will at some time live in poverty
Today fewer and fewer women can afford to remain full-time stay-at-home specialists; more and more women are becoming important cogs in the corporate machine. Currently, women represent 47.3% of the labour force.
Unfortunately, there are factors that prevail even today that limit women, especially financially. On average, women with equal education and experience as their counterparts earn 78 cents on every dollar earned by a man. Over an average year of full-time work, a man can earn over $10,000 more than a woman. Calculate that over a working lifetime.
Then, there is the infamous “glass ceiling effect” that keeps qualified women from senior positions. Over the past two decades, men have been chosen two to three times more often for senior roles than women (CBC News); consequences being a cap on earning power.
It’s irresponsible to suggest discrimination as the sole reason why women earn less than men. Reality is that many women, especially single women, and those with children, have to make choices that force them to balance the urgent needs of family with the necessity of career, which of times can boil down to finding enough time and money to make ends meet.
Responsibility for family has – traditionally – kept women at the mercy of, or ‘financially dependent’ on men. Many women who manage to break their home-made bonds and find independence by entering the workforce often end up only shifting their dependence to a new master: a manager, or a boss. For some women these relationships can be just as disempowering as those found in the home. At minimum, women find themselves trapped into a system that discriminates and denies them equity.
According to the Status of Women in Canada, 71% of Canadian women indicate they would like to start their own business. The challenge has always been start-up costs, and time. Rarely discussed are numbers from the Direct Selling Associating, which in 2013 reported that 74.2% of the Direct Selling Professionals in America are female (91% in Canada).
Logical reason? Historically, many couples have used Network Marketing as an income supplement. With men typically being the primary breadwinner, it was up to women to engage in creating additional income through a stay-at-home business.
That’s the economic reality, however, the real truth as to why women have been massively successful using this business model is often overlooked. Network Marketing is first and foremost about building relationships and women have always approached business with an attitude of connection, collaboration, nurturing and supporting others. Not coincidentally, all skills analogous to raising a family. Men can master those skills, however, with many women it’s DNA-deep.
Unique to Network Marketing is the removal of the glass ceiling. There are no governors to limit a woman’s earning potential. Income is tied directly to personal effort and desire, regardless of gender, race, or age.
I don’t know your personal situation, it might be full-time and secure in a corporate role, part-time and struggling to make ends meet, or somewhere in the middle; but regardless, if your financial future is important to you then these are questions worthy of consideration:
- What asset do you have under your control today that is generating its own income (i.e., rental property or own business)?
- What strategies do you employ that provides you with money, not just a survival income, but an income that is consistently creating tangible wealth?
- Where is the money coming from that will provide you financial independence and insure that you and those that you love are taken care of for the rest of your life, and beyond?
For my lifetime I’ve heard women near and far, young and old cry out for an even playing field with men, a business opportunity where discrimination is a non-issue. Network Marketing embodies that ideal. All personal achievements and earning potential are based solely on an individual’s passion, desire and effort.
Equal opportunity, especially financial equity is a queer concept for many women. For some the notion only provokes suspicion, while for other women it inspires a curiosity to look further into the possibility of eliminating artificial barriers that have keept women from their greatest gift – freedom.
In upcoming articles I’ll introduce you to women in the business of Network Marketing who inspire me and set an example for what’s possible for all. Your feedback and questions deeply encouraged.
Seriously? “Nearly 17 million people (16.8) were involved in direct selling in the United States in 2013, with estimated retail sales reaching $32.67 billion. The direct sales channel continues to experience steady growth, as more individuals generated more revenue in 2013 than any year previously. “ (Direct Selling Association)