A woman should have...

By Naomi Simson | Oct 25, 11 11:53 AM

Every woman should know...What she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month and a year.

The fact that 50% of Australian women over the age of 45 have less that $8000 in superannuation is completely alarming to me. I continue to debate, discuss and consider the implications of free childcare in Australia and other ideas around women's financial security. Financial freedom gives people choices. The following poem was forward to me by a colleague... and rather than present more statistics about why society would be a better place with more women in leadership roles - I think this is a positive way to finish the week with a poem from Maya Angelou.

Some great words of wisdom:





A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..
a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .......
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..
a feeling of control over her destiny.....
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.....
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. .
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...


Naomi Simson is the founder and CEO of leading online gift retailer, RedBalloon. Naomi is also a  mother, author, blogger and a truly passionate individual.

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This article first appeared on Naomi's blog, here.

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By | Sep 09, 2015, 03:59 AM

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Anna Angelakis
By Anna Angelakis NSW | Oct 30, 2012, 07:05 PM

What a lovely poem, very inspirational, I will be sharing it with my friends as a reminder to what we could be aspiring too. Thank you for sharing it us at BC. AnnaReply

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Kelly Masters
By Kelly Masters SA | Nov 16, 2011, 03:02 PM

This poem and article is inspiring and so true. It should be a goal for all to achieve and personally I am off to work out what meal I can cook to make my guests feel honoured because I already own a screwdrivers, a cordless drill & a black lace bra! Thank you.Reply

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Jamie Lee
By Jamie Lee NSW | Oct 29, 2011, 08:56 PM

Dear Naomi, Like you, I strongly believe that financial freedom gives people choices. I am a passionate teacher. After six years of teaching experience, I have seen the immense social pressure that our children are facing today. In primary school, children are starting to form their own identities and they are highly vulnerable to peer pressure to conform by having the latest and greatest gadgets. Advertisements manipulate them through their insecurities by actively encourage them to seek happiness and esteem through consumption. I am very disappointed to see the lack of recognition in introducing financial literacy to schools and the limited trainings and resources available to facilitate teachers about their own personal finance. Rather then waiting for the education system to change, I took it upon myself to provide a supplementary education that empowers young children to create dreams and equips them with the correct mindset towards money and wealth. If you are interested, feel free to have a look at my website www.kidsatswitch.com.au Reply

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Jess Parzakonis
By Jess Parzakonis NSW | Oct 27, 2011, 09:28 PM

LOVE this, its so easy to get lost in trying to take care of others and forget about us! Thanks for a great read :)Reply

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