Bridging the Gap Between Millennials & the Forever Fierce
What started out as the Fierce 50 Revolution has now changed to a group of women that are Forever Fierce. And part of this fierceness is realizing that we should empower all women and bond together. Thus we started with the Fierce 50 Campaign back in February where I introduced you to my Fierce partner, Cheryl. Now we are blurring the lines between the ages with this bridging the gap campaign.
The woman behind this concept and campaign is Catherine O’Connell, who says, “every woman at midlife carries a “Millennial” inside of her and every “Millennial” carries a future “Midlifer” inside of her. We feel it’s time to put an end to all labeling that separates us as we believe that #wearestrongertogether. There is wisdom in youth as well as wisdom in age.
Who hasn’t been affected by age discrimination among us? I know as a young dentist newly out of dental school, I had a patient once ask my age. Of course, I told him because it was nothing to be ashamed of. And needless to say, he never returned to my practice. My partner, Roxanne, had a similar experience when she was interviewing a witness for a deposition. A man told her he didn’t want her in the room because she looked 12 years old.
And I will admit, that there are times, I have a fleeting prejudice against the younger women. But that’s silly. Because we were all younger at one time, and we still have many commonalities! And truly we could be mentors to each other. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and if we work together, we can be much better with each other than without.
So let me introduce you to Roxanne, the millennial that I reached out to be partners with for this campaign.
Her name is Roxanne, and her blog is Glass of Glam. I’ve been following her for this last year in the blogsphere and we have a ton in common. Like the above photo shows, we both enjoy our feline pets. She has 2 kitties that are brothers, and is holding, Elwood who is 18 pounds, in her photo. I’m holding Spookie in my picture because Spookie is my girl, and sleeps with me at night.
A little background about Roxanne is she’s a lawyer, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She practiced in a law firm for 2 years in Ohio, until she and her husband moved to Washington DC. While she was waiting for her DC bar license, she decided to start her blog. And that was only a year after I started my blog.
We talked a little about the misconceptions about millennials that we’ve all either heard about or experienced. And not to say that some of the stereotypes aren’t true. Part of that could be the times we are brought up in, or even the parenting lessons that are different for each time period.
But Roxanne is distinctive in that she has a different perspective in life. She’s been told she has an old soul. And she’s the first one to go to college in her family. Her father is an immigrant from Israel, starting out as a contractor and carpenter when he first came over here. Roxanne’s mother works for the government in accounting.
When I follow Roxanne on Instagram, I have to laugh because I know we would be great friends if we lived closer. She enjoys trying new restaurants and wine and loves living the urban lifestyle! In fact, they, just got back from an over seas visit to France! What an incredible experience!
Her husband and she have known each other for 15 years, as they met in band camp in high school! And now they are moving to Chicago!!
See more of Roxanne in this slideshow from the 2 years of her blogging.
Bridging the Gap Campaign
Thanks to Beth Briggs for the fabulous graphic she made for our campaign. If you can’t tell a difference between the women in the graphic as to their age, there is a reason for that. Let’s enjoy every woman with what they bring to the table, and get rid of the labels!
I hope this campaign inspires you to reach out to make friends with women who are both older and younger than yourselves. And I don’t mean just a couple years in difference. I mean decades! Because we all have so much to learn from each other, and yet we are also so much alike!
If you want to be part of the Forever Fierce Facebook group we would love it!! It is an incredible group of women who can inspire and become new friends. We are here to change the thinking that getting old is bad. Let’s embrace our ages whether they be young or old, and enjoy the strengths that each of us possess!
Or check out the page with the various women involved on it!
Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!
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