Welcome to another edition of leadersayswhat’s the Weekender, an eensy weensy bit of information to start your weekend on the right track. Why just an eense of a weense? Because it’s the weekend! This is the Weekender’s first Friday publication. If you have thoughts about receiving it today versus Saturday, I’m eager to hear it.
Last week the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art bestowed its prestigious Sackler Center First Award. Each year this group honors an extraordinary woman who has broken a gender barrier to make a remarkable achievement and contribution in her respective field. Past recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor, Judith Rodin, and Muriel Siebert. Miss Piggy can now be added this esteemed list…and it’s about time.
In the Time article she penned, Miss Piggy displayed her trademark humbleness as she discussed her favorite topic, moi, and her views on feminism.
I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s preconceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist. I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and if necessary learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.
Moi is all of these things.
As a young woman born on a farm, I was told that my life would be nothing but mud, sweat and tears … and the occasional trip to the 4-H fair. Now that may have been enough for some, but not for moi. I refused to accept someone else’s definition of my life and my future. I knew there was something bigger and better out there — and that I could achieve it if I never, ever gave up. Thanks to grit, fortitude, perseverance, the inspiration of other great feminists and the aforementioned karate, I did in fact achieve those dreams.
You don’t have to be a Muppet (or a feminist) to learn from Miss Piggy’s example. Embrace your inner moi. Set a clear goal, put in the man/woman/pig hours, and don’t let those with a limited imagination define your potential. Mix in a healthy dose of self-confidence and you’ll be one step closer to fulfilling your aspirations.