According to Arianna Huffington, there have been three major women’s revolutions. The first was achieving suffrage. The second was gaining access to jobs in top professions. The third, which Huffington explains is ongoing, is a transformation of the world and its social values in order to suit both men and women.
Arianna Huffington: Women internalize stress differently so we now have the scientific findings that show that women in stressful jobs have a 40 percent greater risk of heart disease and a 60 percent greater risk of diabetes. So women, in a way, have no choice but to redefine success and the way we work. And that’s why I believe that this is, in a way, the third women’s revolution. You know, the first one was giving us the vote. The second giving us access to all jobs and the top of every profession. And the third one is women saying we don’t want just to be at the top of the world. We want to change the world. Because the way the world has been designed by men is not working. It’s not working for women. It’s not working for men either. I really believe that as women lead the way into transforming it, men are going to be incredibly grateful.
And, of course, there are many amazing men who are also at the forefront of these changes. CEOs are bringing a lot of stress-reduction practices into their companies and then measuring the impact on the bottom line and on productivity. Individual leaders in business, in media, in politics, who are willing to come out, not as being gay, but as being meditators. So there’s a big global shift already happening, but I believe that more and more women participating in it will accelerate this much-needed transformation.