Last week I was asked to speak about serving as a woman in a male-dominated field. It wasn't a men-bashing event, but I did share some of my story.
The group I spoke with was the Tonkawa chapter of P.E.O. Their website states:
"P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations."
The video on their "About" page explains the history of P.E.O. It was founded in 1869 with the goals stated above. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to that end.
This is not a comercial for P.E.O. I just want you to understand my audience and why my topic resonated so deeply with this group.
As this is not an explicitly Christian group, I took as my theme the poem by Robert Frost titled "The Road Not Taken." I memorized this poem in high school because I loved the primary message. Here is that key snippet:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The overall challenge I gave these women was this:
We all have choices in life. We can do what everyone else says we should do, or we can do what we know God wants us to do as we follow Jesus. Which path will you choose?
Will you take the easy way or the road less traveled, the road of obedience?
As a backdrop to my story, I shared Beth Moore's open letter from May 3, 2018: "A Letter to My Brothers." From the date she provided in the body of her letter, I figure I'm walking a similar path roughly 15 years later. That made it interesting to compare her experiences with mine.
I will let you read Beth's letter yourself. Here I'll share some of my experiences and highlight some ways we can choose the road less traveled.