Opportunity For Women
This blog is about opportunity.
The opportunity you create in your life by:
- Choosing to take your turn.
- Realizing your dream.
- Contributing to a project.
- Leading the way.
- Creating something new.
- Making a difference.
- Living the life you desire.
But, I have to get real with you for a moment. Giving yourself permission to create opportunity is not easy.
You will question your choices.
There will be naysayers who will swarm you.
No one will stand up in the cheap seats and applaud you.
In fact, they will ridicule you.
But, it is time to rumble with opportunity.
I can’t tell you that you will not be heartbroken.
I can assure you that you will not be walking on “easy street.”
You will come face to face with barriers.
On the other hand, I hope you will choose to dance with opportunity anyway.
Women have fought for freedom over the past years. Each paved the way for us to have the freedom to:
But, this did not come without women causing an uproar.
Many of the women were ridiculed, beaten, punished, exiled, and even jailed because they fought for the rights we have today.
I think we can agree, we still live in a world where women are limited; a culture where women are judged; an environment that creates barriers; and a place women are still denied freedom.
In a world that still limits us, judges us, creates barriers, and denies our freedom, we need to continue to thrive. So now, more than ever, we need to continue to stand up and grab opportunity. Grabbing opportunity is our choice. It is time to choose to keep up the fight.
I have to share, freedom handing us opportunity comes with risk and responsibility.
Every woman who stood up to fight for the right to
Sit At The Table,
Took a risk and accepted the responsibility.
When you seek change that is for the better, you are raising your hand and saying, “I am willing to accept adversity; face fear; be vulnerable; avoid comparisons; and not play the victim ever.”
Are you up for the challenge?
What opportunity is staring at you right now?
Are you raising your hand and accepting it?
If not, why?
What is holding you back?
How can you overcome the barrier holding you back?
According to research and an opinion poll on gender stereotypes, from 1946 to 2018, people in the US consider women more competent than ever before. But beliefs about women’s ability to achieve goals and reach mastery has remained unchanged. Although more women have entered the workforce, reaching the top of the top, has been challenging. This shows that more cultural change is needed.
We have to drive this change.
As women, we have to raise our hand when provided opportunity. If we continue to back down; say no; and stay in the traditionally accepted roles, our positions will remain unchanged.
Our media and creators of popular culture also have a key role in the conversation of women leaders. If coverage and conversations about women’s leadership continually show incompetence, reflect incompatibility, or judge inappropriately, women will continue to struggle to raise their hand.
If we are to continue to move women to leadership opportunities that have sustained impacts , we need to consistently raise our hands and hold our media and pop culture accountable to the narrative they create around women of power.
Unsurprising, beliefs about women’s leadership potential will remain frozen if women continue to be complacent about standing up and accepting opportunities that come our way. So, let’s step into the opportunities and hold our media accountable to the narrative when we do.
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