I’m not proud to admit that I didn’t know how to feel when I first heard Simone Biles backed out of the team’s all-around competition. In my younger years, I was an athlete trained to put the team’s needs above my own. As a mother, I was trained to put the needs of my children above my own. As a wife, I’ve been told to put the needs of my husband above myself. The constant subliminal messaging was firmly woven into the fabric of my being: put the needs and welfare of others above your own—no matter what the cost.
Women and the Loss of Self To all the women who have ever said, “I don’t even recognize who I am anymore.” Life started as an experiment in daring to find yourself, speak for yourself and fight for yourself. You dared to say no to others and yes to yourself, only to find that you [...]
10 Ways Women Give Their Power Away (Part II) Several weeks ago, I wrote the first part of this post; here is part II and the remaining five ways women give their power away. These ten ways are some of the most common ways we give our power away; there are many other smaller ways. [...]
The “Grace” and Aziz Ansari Story: What Women Can Learn If we have any hope of changing the landscape for women regarding equality, sexual harassment and assault, we have to be willing to have difficult conversations about the role males and females play in these dynamics. I cannot think of a more perfect story [...]