For this week’s Woman Wednesday, AY About You highlights Sheena Gilmore.
Gilmore was raised in Singapore and moved to Washington D.C. in 2010 to complete her master’s degree at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She married her husband, Jon Gilmore, and moved back to Arkansas with him following a job offer in 2013, and has been here ever since.
Gilmore considers one of the brightest spots in her life to be her family. She has 6-year-old twins, Julia and Jonathan, and a 4-year-old daughter Sofia. Gilmore also had a son, David, who is deceased.
Gilmore does freelance work for the International Trade Centre (a UN/WTO subsidiary based in Geneva) but she considers her full time job to be her family, whom she has just begun homeschooling.
When asked about struggles that she has faced as a woman, Gilmore discusses society’s perception of stay-at-home moms.
“I feel that our society does not place much value on stay-at-home moms. The work we do is for the most part not glamorous, if at all, and has no titles or accolades. It is easy to feel unseen,” Gilmore says. “I have struggled with keeping an eternal perspective and remembering that it is not the praise of man that matters.”
Gilmore defines what it means, from her perspective, to be a woman. “It means working hard, practicing kindness, taking care of my family, being strong, keeping family traditions (and creating new ones), and seeking to be a source of comfort/wisdom to my spouse and kids,” she explains.
Gilmore offers a word of advice for young women and girls.
“Be kind. Be kind to others and remember to also be kind to yourself. I have met many women who are encouraging to others and would never say an unkind word to anyone but are so quick to beat themselves up,” Gilmore says. “There are so many loud voices in our world telling us how we fall short and how we don’t measure up. It is going to take intentional effort to tune them out and hone in on truth and on what matters.”