Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies. Arthur Schopenhauer
So quick are women (myself included) to buy the latest power-woman book, join women’s networking groups, and attend leadership conferences all in hopes of reigniting the feminist revolution. But what are we actually doing with all of this information and new-found drive to strive for something different, something better?
We may find unity while participating in these workshops, events, and organizations, but as a whole, we’re missing the mark. How can we expect to break the consistent diminishing percentage of women ascending the corporate ladder when we don’t even support each other? Patricia Valoy of Everyday Feminism writes,
“Adopt the I don’t shine if you don’t shine mentality. This is how we build alliances, and if we learn anything from history, we know that alliances work to make us stronger not diminish our individual efforts.”
You and I know this is easier said than done. How do we break this down into palatable steps we can implement into our daily routine?
Let’s flip the script. Let’s start small . Better yet, let’s start with a smile (or for the bold, “Hello“). Set a goal to smile at every woman you pass today and everyday – that’s one small step for a woman, one giant leap for women in kind.
So many of the quotes below resonate with me as it relates to women and our
bitchy, catty, malicious, back-stabbing spiteful behavior towards each other – I couldn’t choose just one.
- Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. Mary Wollstonecraft
- There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. Madeline Albright