Today is Hard.
A lot of the work I do is teaching women to brag. Teaching women that talking about what they've done, finding and owning their voices and stories matter. Sometimes it's hard to care about this issue, especially on a day like today. It feels like no dent could possibly be made in the system that keeps women's voices hushed, silenced, and ignored.
The past two years have made it obvious that women's voices are needed, but it can also feel like they don't matter at all. I can teach women to brag until they're blue in the face, but if men don't listen - if we don't start to value women's' voices in our system, nothing will change.
Many people ask me - what about the studies that say that women who talk about their accomplishments are viewed negatively? Well - studies are studies. As long as you feel good touting what you've done, raising your voice, your hand, angling for that promotion, going for another fundraising round, that's what matters.
On a day like today I am reflecting on what messages like that can mean to young women, and how I'm going to tell them that using their voice will make a difference. Look at what the world tells you your voice, your story does.
A friend posted about a mentor telling her to stand between the two worlds - the world as it is and as it should be. I will stand there, too.