about sheila mae
I am a lover of life, art and hard-core gardening. I always see the good in people. My mind is often a jumbly mélange of ideas and thoughts… I seldom succeed at fully unraveling the chaocracy (a She-ism). Sometimes I make up fanciful words. I never met a pair of overalls that I wasn’t instant friends with. I have a lovely set of friends that I affectionately call “Ya-Yas”. I love painting furniture… and doors. I almost always have dirt under my fingernails or paint on my hands… or both. My mind is most clutter-free when I am painting, running or doing some physically challenging outdoor activity. I have a whopping-normous weakness for chocolate, sweet wine, and buttercream icing… preferably together. YUM!
For more than 20 years, I had a successful (& highly technical) career in the software consulting field. I programmed robots, wrote thousands of lines of programming code, implemented automated processes, blah, blah,blah. Although I am grateful for the success I had, my soul and spirit longed for something different. Fortunately, I was able to retire from my technical career, & now I am a mixed-media artist. My soul & spirit smile every, single day!
I am inspired by girls. I think this inspiration started when my daughter was 2 years old – that was when I became a single Mom. It is soooooo challenging to raise children in this crazy, information–overloaded world! Raising a child without a partner increases the challenge tremendously. Raising a “girl” increases the challenge exponentially! Why is that? Just a few thoughts on that topic below…
Whatever girls do, they must do twice as well as boys to be thought half as good. Right?!?!
Aggressive boys are “strong”, while aggressive girls are “that word I refuse to utter or type because it just perpetuates the stereotype”… you know the word,right?
Boys are still celebrated and admired for having sex with lots of girls, while girls are labeled “that word I refuse to utter or type because it just perpetuates the stereotype”… again, you know the word, right?
We STILL spend too much time measuring outstanding “Female” leaders, when we should be measuring “outstanding” leaders. Period.
Girls/females/women are STILL paid less than boys/males/men for the same or better effort. (in 2015, girls earned ~80% of what boys earned… What?!?!)
It’s 2017 and people STILL ask girls/females/women “Who watches your children while you work?”… Once more… What?!?!
When I entered Georgia Tech in 1985, 21% of enrolled students were girls. In 2016, only 31% of enrolled students were girls, an increase of only 10% in 30+ years! A final… What?!?!
Fortunately, my daughter evolved into a very intelligent, compassionate, and self-sufficient young lady. She is 27 years old, married to a ROCK STAR husband, and is a ROCK STAR in her own right… NYU honor graduate, UGA honor graduate, is a Financial Management professional, and a “Super-Mommie” to young Hudson.
Not so fortunately, my daughter faces many of the same discriminatory challenges that existed in the 1980s (and the 1970s, 60s, etc). The gender wage gap is still an issue. Many of the same negative female stereotypes still exist. And, more often than you may believe, girls/females/women still have to work twice as hard as men in the board room to get respect… or to simply get boys/males/men to listen to what they are saying! So, I say…“ENOUGH ALREADY!!! The future is for females… and I intend on doing my part to ensure everyone knows it… and having tremendous, adventurous fun along the way.
Now Come And Meet My Art!