Today I went to a talk between Sheryl Sandberg and Eric Schmidt at the Computer History Museum, a part of Sheryl's Lean In book tour, and...
While I didn't hear anything I didn't already know, I left feeling empowered, and honestly really excited about being a woman today, in America, of my background, privileged, educated, and with the confidence that the best is yet to come. (I do sometimes think in cliches)
You know, I've actually never felt like I couldn't do anything that I wanted to do because of my gender. I never had the desire to be a computer scientist or a firefighter, so I never had to deal with the stereotypes and the doubts. The road for women like me with a natural love for storytelling, communications, and the softer, less technical aspects of life, is well paved. (Thank you, Peggy Olsons of the world.)
In fact, listening to Sheryl's examples of women being put down, dismissed, paid less for the same job, and all of that, almost made me WANT to be in those positions so that I could fight back. I know if I ever do face discrimination or actually, even if I don't, I feel empowered in my career, in my interactions with people, in general, to take Sheryl's directive, with enthusiasm.
I'm going to start by writing a list of things I do that are undermining (to myself), and what I can do to cut it out. I'll share it when it's done.