11/02/2010 05:51 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Women in Their 50s Seize Their Power

Have you seen the Forbes list of "The 100 Most Powerful Women"? Have a look and see that over 50 percent of the women on the list are women in their 50s. And if you count the ladies that are over 49 years old but under 62 years old, the percentage of powerhouses in that age group goes up to well over 60.

How fantastic is this piece of news? C'mon girlfriends, break out the champagne: we have arrived. The 50-something-year-old woman has huge personal power, both financially and in positions of corporate and political international leadership. What we are witnessing is monumental. It is all about smart, passionate women seizing their power and activating the energy they possess to make unstoppable change.

After spending much of her earlier years nurturing others, the 50-year-old woman is learning to nurture herself and sustain the stamina it takes to achieve remarkable levels of stature and influence.

Fearless, the 50-year-old woman has collected the courage, strength and inspiration over the course of her professional and personal journey to know what she wants and how to get it.
It is not at all surprising to see the range and variety of professions and positions that the Forbes list of women comprises. Fashion, business, politics, art, athletics and television blend nicely with some finance and philanthropy choices. They are a well balanced bunch of high-powered and influential sisters.

I have never felt so proud to find myself in this age group mix. Yet we all know that what the power women are seizing is no luxury. Every one of the women whose face appears in the roster has spent years working tirelessly to get where she is today. It is a definite choice of discipline and determination to stay the course. And we know it wasn't easy. It is no secret that there are huge numbers of talented, deserving women who are not afforded the same opportunities for advancement or who unexpectedly meet the glass ceiling in their careers way before they reach their personal limits.

It is with those less fortunate in mind that I am very grateful to have a moment to honor and acknowledge "The Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women" for their individual success and achievement. Reading about the women on the Forbes list makes the possibility of grabbing your own personal ring just that much more within reach.