Have you seen the ad where an elderly immigrant woman is speaking to her newborn great-granddaughter?
The woman reminisces about the struggles and obstacles she has faced in her life and tells the newborn that (I’m paraphrasing here) if she struggled and sacrificed and swore to succeed so her great granddaughter could have a chance to be anything she wanted, then it would all be worth it.
Watch it here. https://youtu.be/nhnz2CMzirM
It may seem a little schmaltzy to you, or maybe it made you want to rise like a Phoenix academically, But neither of those scenarios are what prompted me to share it.
I share this with you because THE MESSAGE IS ONE THAT SHOULD RESONATE WITH ALL OF US.
We need to think long and hard about what type of work environment we would deem acceptable for our children and our children’s children.
Don’t we all want things to be better for future generations?
The time has come for us to jump in and tackle the problems facing women in the workforce with a VENGEANCE.
This is not a battle for the timid, or the quiet. It is a speak-out, hold-strong, gather-your -tribe kind of battle.
Time to gather your tribe.
I am doing that in my office, throughout my peer groups, within my friendships and with this blog.
I have been blessed with many strong female role models. These fantastic women, some who have sadly passed and others who may just be finding their stride, have empowered me in a multitude of ways. They range in age from twenty-somethings to octogenarians.
They are my tribe. And the common thread they have woven into my life’s tapestry is that there is strength in truth.
That merits repeating…There is strength in truth.
There is also strength in numbers.
We need to unite our voices and gather a tribe of women who are no longer going to suffer in silence.
Our tribe needs those who are not going to laugh off inappropriate comments or actions simply because they do not know how to respond in the moment.
Those who are not going to allow a distinction between women’s work and men’s work, men’s pay and women’s pay.
Those who are not going to settle for less than they deserve.
Those who desperately want the BS to end with this generation.
Here at elevenTEN we are all about supporting other women.
Be a part of our tribe.
WE ARE STRONGEST TOGETHER!
P.S. Thanks to my friend who sent me this encouragement this week.
Take heed of the message.