Are you ready to start tooting like there’s no tomorrow? If not, you might want to reconsider and pucker up!
How many of us grew up with the idea that, if you wanted to be popular with the opposite sex, you had to be certain to “let the boys win.” SeventeenMagazinefeatured scores of articles on the intricacies of dating, how to talk to a boy, and the best methods to employ when dealing with the fragile male ego. I, for one, devoured every word of this sage advice. My upmost concern at the time was how I might enhance my feminine wiles to grab onto the ultimate prize: a hunky boyfriend.
Then came the mid-seventies, the women’s movement, the fight for parity between the sexes, and the realization we gals could (and should) win, too. As the early pioneers of our gender burst through long-entrenched male barriers, we realized maybe those articles in Seventeendidn’t hold all the answers. Times had changed and we needed a big dose of chutzpah!
Although we’ve made remarkable strides since those days long ago, one of the biggest and most enduring roadblocks is our ingrained reluctance to toot our own horn. Whether it’s from early childhood conditioning or inherent to the female psyche (nature vs. nurture), we have ongoing issues with that one. Yet, if you’re in a job search, working in an organization, or in business for yourself, you’ll need to get yourself noticed and illustrate your worth. This, of course, means tooting your own horn.
This issue is fraught with many layers. But, truth be told, our ability to toot is long overdue. As women over 50 who are thriving on our feisty side, let’s get on with it, grab our horns, and start tooting like a real trooper!