Women – Ya Gotta Lovem’ By David Dunworth

Women – Ya Gotta Lovem’

Why is it that for centuries women have been considered inferior to men?

It’s a question I’ve pondered for decades but have yet to identify with that assessment.
Ya gotta lovem;’ everything about them. It’s been my experience having worked in a demanding industry for what seems like a lifetime (37 years) with and occasionally for women, women are better at so many things it boggles my mind.
My female colleagues have always been outstanding, multi-tasking dynamos. Whereas, the men under my tutelage seemed to fall short.

It’s a long-developed culture belief system so impervious to change that needs to as quickly as possible. They’ve proven they can do everything a man can and do it better (read up on the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher). Some other examples are Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft), Indra Nooyi (Pepsico), Lynn L. Elsenhans (Sunoco), Ursula L. Burns (Xerox).
But the woman I hold in the highest esteem is none other than Lucille Ball. Yes, that funny woman with the striking red hair. Here’s some little-known facts about this amazing woman. Not only was she a model, Broadway actress, a fantastic serious actor of numerous films, and her hair wasn’t really red.

Lucille Ball was a comedian, as well as executive producer. Lucille Ball became the first female film executives of major television network, Desilu Productions. Not only did she star and manage I love Lucy, other shows such as Mission Impossible were also productions of the same firm.

One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

As a model and stage actress Lucy was known as Diane Belmont, which she thought people might relate her to the Racetrack with the same name. She later changed it to Lucille Ball.

As for her “can’t be missed” red hair, that was something she was talked into by MGM Studios. A natural brunette, Lucille Ball the film star had died her hair blond to better fit the parts she played on stage. It wasn’t until she was under contract with MGM, she changed to striking red, and the rest was history.

When Lucy and Desi starred in, I Love Lucy, she became the first pregnant actor in television history. The unflappable Ms. Ball had a long and lively career, and to this day is the favorite sitcom of all time.

So, here’s to women. Their stronger, smarter, more dynamic, and natural multi-taskers (a mother has the toughest job in the world).

They are called “the fairer sex” only because most of the men in executive levels of business (and otherwise) are usually NOT fair.

Cheers to Women. I love them.

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