Women don’t feel well. You may read that statement and think to yourself, “But I feel fine.” If you do, you are one of the lucky few.
I think we judge how well we feel based on our own personal average – I feel fine compared to when I’m achy with the flu, or I feel as well as I ever do, so that must be fine.
I say that isn’t good enough! It’s not good enough for you, or for your family or even for the health of our country. Here’s why.
I believe women are an important part of the cure for what is wrong with our national economy. When I look at how much women are spending, I can’t help but wonder how much more we would be spending – how much more women would be helping the economy – if we actually felt good.
The numbers are already staggering. Right now, women worldwide are responsible for spending $20 trillion annually. That number is expected to rise to $28 trillion in the next few years. In 2004, women were credited with spending $7 trillion just in the United States. That was over half the gross domestic product of our country that year.
But how much of that money is going toward purchases that benefit the economy and how much is being spent on health care? And how many women are going broke because they got sick, got fired, lost their insurance … and the list goes on and on.
Of course you can argue that women are not paid equally and that we are underrepresented in board rooms across the country. I know what it feels like to be the only woman on a board, because I was. And boy did I wish there was one more female at that table! But as bad as that is, it’s not our biggest problem.
Here’s where I think we’ve gone wrong, for women and, really, for the entire U.S. population. Women don’t feel good. I speak all over this country and around the world and I run into it everywhere I go and in every age bracket. Young, middle-aged or older, it’s all the same.
Very few women I meet tell me they feel fabulous, or great or even good. Most women tell me they don’t feel well. And worse, they don’t know what to do to feel better.
Women around the globe are frustrated by the health care system.