Sacred Sassy Heroine: Shero Sign up Sheet

Kara McKay (Business Heroine Magazine)

Sacred Sassy Heroine: This is the everyday goddess within each woman. It is she who harnesses the unfeigned feminine energy that makes you divine. She embraces all-she-is and struts it like she means it. Tomorrow is the full moon. This cosmic event serves as a reminder to crack out of your proper exoskeleton and reconnect with the howling sister within. She is sacred. She is sassy. She is YOU. And she is a Heroine.

Yeah it’s me again. I’ve been called woo-woo woman, establishment heretic, starry-eyed, kind of lazy, revolutionary. Keep reading and you might be in for more of that. There, that’s my disclaimer. (I’m a firm believer in calling myself out, then doing that annoying thing anyway.)

My current obsession is Sheroism.

Let’s first travel back in time to an older Shero model. I’m sure you’ll recall this archaic archetype. She has made countless appearances through out eras gone by. Despite history’s patriarchal efforts to deny her existence she’s rocked the Kasbah more than once. The girl gets around.

One of her earlier debuts was in the 1460’s B.C. when she not so subtlety showed up as Hatshepsut and became the first female pharaoh of Egypt.

Jump ahead to the USA, circa 1800’s, she’s starring in a couple positively thrilling roles. First Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner of Truth, escapes slavery with her infant daughter in tow. She goes on to become an abolitionist and woman’s rights activist kicking ass all over the countryside, even in courtrooms where she became the first black woman to win a court case against a white man. Yeah that really happened!

Simultaneously Mary Harris, AKA “Mother Jones” is sheroing like a true Phoenix despite losing her husband and four children to the Yellow Fever epidemic in 1867. If having all her favorite humans die wasn’t enough, she loses everything else has in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, at which point she became invincible saying, “fuck it, I have nothing more to lose”.

Besides organizing unions all over the nation, changing the work week from 60 to 55 hrs, she also devotes herself to abolishing child labor in this country. Nope, my history book never mentioned her either.

I could go on and on telling Shero tales of bravery, ferocity, and massive change making. But what I’m really digging for is a sign of that Shero in each of us. I’m going to get ballsy and blunt. We’ve become complacent and self-absorbed ladies. Spiritual navel gazing, pursuing money and fame as if they in themselves were the prize, while humanity is crying out for our heartfelt regard followed by real unhinged action!

I’ve been doing an extensive self-study in the mortuary of my idealist dreams, RIP. Somewhere along the timeline I bought into the Western entrepreneur’s paint-by-number success story. It didn’t include the fire of my youth that burned for justice. In my quest for professional credibility I not only shed my dreadlocks and armpit hair, I shed my adamant “everyone wins, or none of us do” belief. My Shero shrank.

As we fan the remaining ember of the Divine Feminine, heralding her back into balance, we better start looking within to see what might be getting in her way.

Spiritualizing our greed and vanity isn’t expediting things, I suspect.

We’ve created a society that praises wealth and fame above all else. What if we switch up the model? Our new sexy could be She who offers the greatest contribution to her fellow humans, animals, and planet?

I dare you to start searching for the modern day Shero in others and in yourself.

How do we raise them up and make these women our mentors? Maybe we can’t all be the Malalas of the world, but we can still be unstoppable and brimming with our own unique brand of badassery. Once our radar is calibrated to this new (and ancient) definition of success, yeah the one where ALL of humanity wins, we can immediately begin to restructure our personal/business goals, missions, and visions to align with theirs!

Together we can. I dare us.


Kara McKay (Business Heroine Magazine)

Business Heroine Magazine


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