When extraordinary women say #metoo

I met some extraordinary women at a Women in Leadership Career Panel.

The presenters – successful, experienced industry leaders – were pretty special, too.

That’s right. I wanted you to stop. Do a double take. And reread that.

The women I found extraordinary were the young students in the 200-strong crowd.

These are meant to be “youngsters with no track record.” In the last 23 years I’ve worked with young people, I’ve seen this happen so many times.

They get gently – sometimes not-so-gently – written off. “What do you know?” “Let me tell you a thing or two about how life works.”

Thing is – times, they are a-changin’.

Of course, they always have. But now? More than ever. Faster than ever.

New times deserve new solutions.

So, to the extraordinary women like Zeya and her friends (read her post here https://lnkd.in/e9PCcpm), casting brave, bold, challenging, hopeful question after another –

I say to you,

You don’t need anybody’s permission to care.

You give yourself permission. ALWAYS, keep giving yourself permission.

Also – that healthy anger is in you for a reason. Use that anger wisely. Channelled well, it gives you fuel to feed the seeds of needed change. #metoo

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