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Most Powerful Women List -I didn't make the cut

Updated on May 13, 2018
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Kathleen Cochran is a writer & former newspaper reporter/editor who traveled the world as a soldier's better half. Her works are on Amazon.

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Forbes has announced their list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

I'm not on it.

Huh . . .

I would think I am just what they are looking for. My power is incomparable. I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. I'm more powerful than a locomotive. Faster than a speeding bullet. I'm a mother three times over. You don't get any more powerful than that.

I've pushed three human beings from inside my body. I've been their sole sustenance for the better part of their first twelve months. I've taught them to sit up, crawl, walk, cross the street, ride a bicycle, drive a car. I've taught them to talk, write their names, recognize one set of grandparents from the other, distinguish the smart kids in a classroom from the troublemakers, the teachers who are worthy of their respect from the ones they have to respect anyway and not let on to them which group they fall into.

I've created from my sheer willpower people who say goodbye to each other in the morning and sit down to dinner together at night. I've taught them to pray for each other and not put shaving cream under each other's pillows. I've taught them if they don't kill each other in the middle school years they will have two guaranteed best friends for the rest of their lives. I did all that. I decided to create people with these qualities and I did it. That's power.

I taught them to find people to love who are capable of loving them back. I've taught them that just because one person hurts you that doesn't mean the next person necessarily will. I taught them God is not in a church building, but it is the easiest place to find him on a regular basis. And I've taught them that He is what makes it a church in spite of what the people there may say. I've taught them if they want to be really powerful in this life they need to tap into his power. Someone who spoke the universe into existance is someone you can count on when you're in a tight spot.

I taught three human beings to think for themselves, not to think they know it all, and always be willing to learn something new. That's power.

Why Forbes wouldn't recognize the value of such power makes me question their judgement. Maybe they should surrender their authority to name who is powerful and who is not. They may not be up to the job.

I wonder how many of them are mothers?

Would these women make the cut?

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    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Saw a t-shirt recently that read: You can't scare me. I have children.

      Too true.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Mother's Day is a good time to remember, this job is not for the faint of heart.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, ladies, thanks for the encouraging words. phdast7 - so right about recycling. You're pretty good off the top of your head.

      I wonder what Forbes would say too. I too admire women who earn success in the world. They beat the odds! But there's all kinds of success, don't y'all think?

      Sallybea: Yes, hit the followers button and that hub goes to your followers.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a powerful hub! How did I miss this? It goes to show what society's priorities are. Wealth/money is power here in our country. He who has the most money has the power. What you have written in beautiful and we need to get our priorities straight. You have worked so hard to raise three wonderful children and I know it was not easy. You really do hold the power. The power to forward our species in an enlightened and caring manner. Your children are fortunate to have you as their mother. Try sending this article to Forbes magazine - I wonder what their response would be.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We don't get rid of beautiful art or a beloved piece of jewelry (unless we are soooo rich we are also stupid), why should we get rid of or ignore a fine piece of writing, especially if it mean something to us?

      I think recycling is an honorable and important activity, but the word probably does make a lot of people think of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.... We need a more nuanced and elegant phrase. I'm thinking, I'm thinking....

      "We are nurturing and reviving too long neglected literary plants." That is the best I can do off the top of my head. :) This is a very good hub. :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      I love this, also the idea of recycling much older loved Hubs. How do you do that - do you share them with your followers?

      There is no doubt that women are a very special breed. The top 100 must be extraordinary and I take my hat off to them if they are mothers too - to achieve what they have done in a world where men still get paid more and the women get to do two jobs, one at home and one at work and still bring up the children, sometimes single handed. I salute all women who are doing exactly what you are doing - you definitely should have made the cut.

      Sally

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I like it when hubs are recycled because it gives me the nudge to read some I missed the first time around...or re-read others that I enjoyed when first published. No patience needed!

      Jaye

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jaye: Thanks for your comments and for the read. This is one of a couple of unfeatured hubs and I thought I'd recycle them to see if they generate more attention. I refuse to dump hubs I love just because of some algorithm. Thanks for your patience.

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Kathleen...You certainly deserve a place on top of the list! People who compile those lists (especially Forbes) seem more interested in wealth and political power than other achievements. They should never underestimate the power of any empowered woman--especially a woman who is a mother. You've got my vote....

      Up++

      Jaye

      P.S. Love the photos!

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Theater girl: This hub is my homage to mothers everywhere. Thanks for the confirmation.

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      Jennifer 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Wonderful for all mothers everywhere! Great job!

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bet you'd make the list! Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Sounds like we need a whole 'nother category for the Phenomenally Phenomenal Woman! :D Fun hub and amusing. :)

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      phdast7: You loved this because it is true of you as well! Hubbing for me is like pouring gasoline on a fire: the more feedback I get the more I want to write!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I absolutely loved this. True, moving, funny, and so well expressed. You have a secure place near the top of list of one hundred.

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      vincentfrank 

      7 years ago from sacramento

      Very amusing hub you made me smile again.

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      Jessica 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      This was a beautiful, amusing hub. I doubt even a quarter of the women on the Forbes list could do what you did.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Welcome svanden and Mr Happy (from the book?) Thanks for the input and look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I've taught them to pray for each other and not put shaving cream under each other's pillows." LOL That's pretty funny! I like toothpaste underneath the door handle so, it cannot be seen when people go to open the door. It works! I'll have to try the shaving cream idea now lol

      I think Forbes defines power in monetary terms. I am not very sure though, it is a mere guess as I do not read that magazine.

      I also think that mothers are a special breed of people. I couldn't do it. I just don't know where that never-ending river of patience is. Perhaps if I can tap into it, I may understand where all that power mothers have, comes from. Until then, it's beyond me.

      Great piece of writing. I did write something on mothers and patience a while ago. If you have the time, you might enjoy it: https://hubpages.com/literature/On-Kids-Mothers-an...

      All the very best!

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      svanden 

      7 years ago

      Nice use of repetition and short sentences. Excellent post. : )

    • Kathleen Cochran profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Cochran 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks! And welcome to my world - all y'all are new KC readers. Jump right in - I try to keep the water warm.

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      American View 

      7 years ago from Plano, Texas

      I cannot understand it. I feel the power all the way over here. Such Media bias

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      No wonder you didn't make it...you are over-qualified...the others can't compete with a list like that! LOL! Great job you've done there and your name should damn well appear on a list somewhere for accomplishments like that. There are a lot of mothers but not all of them do those things. In fact, more don't than do so that puts you on a really unique list of your own. Based on your qualifications, I suggest that you start finding young mothers who fit your description of "the right thing to do" and write some feature articles on them...Thanks for sharing. WB

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      They are definitely not up to the job.

      Fabulous, fabulous hub. Makes me smile :) and say bravo!

      Voted up and awesome.

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