We collectively make 77 cents on the dollar in corporate environments, and women in leadership have to work their asses off to be considered trustworthy and claim true leadership roles. Run those numbers through other lenses such as race? Black women make 65 cents, and Latina women make 54 cents on the dollar...Despite similar educational backgrounds and capabilities as their white male counterparts.
Statistics like that?
Should NOT exist. And yet, they persist.
On top of all this, we're bombarded by media that doesn't serve the kind of women we are or who we want to become.
And said media is constantly pitting us against one another. Social, news outlets, it doesn't matter. It's a battle.
We can choose to rise. Together.
Because no one is free, unless we are ALL free. And truly, all of us. How, of course, is the big question. The solution? Looking closely at our personal, community, and global leadership capacities. A process I call Your Leadership Recipe.
The hard truth?
Women are under capacitated as leaders. Women of color, often even more so. Because we aren't expected to become leaders.
Meaning, we're not trained/programmed/expected to lead. In fact, most of our cultural conditioning is that women aren't as effective as men when in leadership roles. But that is just patently false. We're called shrill, bossy, overly emotional, know-it-alls and we're bullied (even in adulthood) by our male and female compatriots alike.
But YOU know we're more than that. WE KNOW we have more to offer than meets the eye of some beholders. Women are just as effective, and often have just as much if not MORE ability. We just haven't been raised, conditioned, and capacitated for radical and transformative leadership. (Admittedly, neither have men.)