Imagine having the capabilities of a heroine with superpowers. I would create a societal anti-serum so women would always remember how beautiful they all are both inside and out. I would also create a special little island for the deadbeat dads and abusive men ... surrounded by sharks.
The summer movie season is full of action stars and superhero movies such as “The Green Lantern,” “Captain America” and “X-Men.”
Imagine having the capabilities of a heroine with superpowers … and unlimited funds, of course, because I like to dream big!
One of the first things to do would be to fire all chauvinistic magazine publishers who contribute to the beauty myth that has permeated the psyche of practically every woman on this planet. I would also leave out plates of doughnuts for the magazine models.
Next up would be a trip to Wall Street, where I would take over the companies that abuse the labor force of women globally by exploiting their need for employment with pitiful compensation and zero effective representation.
I would create a giant superstore run by overpaid female employees just to run Wal-Mart out of business. Yes, I said it.
I would also create a societal anti-serum so women would always remember how beautiful they all are both inside and out, individually and as a global sisterhood.
The magic wand would instantly place more women in political positions locally, nationally and globally. Yes, future Madam President, we look forward to empowering your realization.
Oh, and while I am at it, I would create a special little island for the deadbeat dads and abusive men ... surrounded by sharks.
There are no superpowers needed and no magic wand required to make these dreams a reality. We can make a difference by where we choose to spend or not spend our money. With a bit of research, you can quickly learn which companies engage in fair trade, go green and empower women.
This beach season, expand your summer reading with an article or two on economics. Make sure you vote in local elections. Even when you buy the smallest cup of iced coffee and bite of chocolate, it can be a conscious activist action.
Although most of the action and superheroes on the big screen are men, the women in our communities are the real stars holding all of the power. We are all Wonder Women!
Dianne McDonald lives in Marshfield, Mass., with her husband and five kids.