Arianna Huffington called for “a third women’s revolution” in her May 19, 2013, commencement speech at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Suffragists led the first revolution and the second is still in progress, she told the graduating class of the women’s college. The third revolution must change the world by defining success beyond the usual considerations of money and power. The third revolution will be “one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back” as a new, third metric for success.
“Basically, success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable,” said Huffington. “It’s not sustainable for human beings; it’s not sustainable for the planet. To live the lives we want, and not just the ones we settle for, the lives society defines as successful, we need to include the third metric.
Huffington told graduates not to “settle for just breaking through glass ceilings in a broken corporate system or in a broken political system, where so many leaders are so disconnected from their own wisdom that we are careening from one self-inflicted crisis to another. Change much more than the M to a W at the top of the corporate flow chart. Change it by going to the root of what’s wrong and redefining what we value and what we consider success.”
You can read the full text of Arianna Huffington’s rousing and thoughtful speech here. Then join the conversation and share your opinions about her call for a “third women’s revolution.”