AM I MY SISTER'S KEEPER?

MADAME ATHENA CHANG  CHIEF INTELLIGENCE AND EDUCATION OFFICER

MADAME ATHENA CHANG

CHIEF INTELLIGENCE AND EDUCATION OFFICER

Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s @Oscar performance left many elated and other’s critical. @foxnews ran a story stating that Mel B, the “Spice Girl” singer, felt “uncomfortable” for Bradley’s girlfriend and that Gaga possibly broke the “women’s code.” There were numerous tweets speculating whether newly single Gaga showed her desire for Cooper through the “steamy” performance.  A performance that moved the house and received a standing ovation quickly became a gossip story of one woman overstepping the boundaries and flirting openly with another woman’s man.

These are the stories we hear too often, stories that break down the fabric of sisterhood. From social media to reality shows we are bombarded by negative examples of female relationships, a distraction that takes away from illustrations of women supporting women.  From iconic leaders such as @MichelleObama to movements such as @MeToo, the power to create change when we block out the noise and come together is profound and clear.

 In a month celebrating women, we must ask ourselves am I my sister’s keeper? Do I see her as a threat and take steps to pull her down or uplift her? We must look at our personal and career sectors and be mindful of how we move in each space as division is often created there.

 And as the song Ms Celie’s Blues from The Color Purple goes…sister, you've been on my mind. Sister, we're two of a kind. So, sister, I'm keepin' my eye on you. …So let me tell you something, sister. Remember your name, no twister gonna steal your stuff away, my sister.

 We are each other’s keepers and it is up to us to show unity as opposed to division.

MADAME ATHENA CHANG