If you’re not sure what the difference is between men and women, go eavesdrop.
- Sit at a cafe or a restaurant.
- Walk around at the gym or in a park.
- Listen in on board meetings or zooms.
You might pick up on something.
Men talk about their strengths.
They walk around waiting for a high-five.
They act deserving and expectant of rewards.
They tend to stand up for themselves.
They speak confidently even if they aren’t.
They’re happy with a healthy standard.
Women bond over their weaknesses.
They shush or wave away encouragement or endorsements.
They constantly wonder if they’re doing a good job.
They run to the defense of others before themselves.
They aim to be nice and relatable, not threatening.
They imagine and reach for an impossible standard.
Are these broad strokes?
But even if this were true half the time, it says something we need to pay attention to.
Am I suggesting we be more like men?
I’m suggesting we act like the women we already are.
We need to break out of these cliches, stereotypes, and templates of womanhood and embody the confidence men are already naturally operating it.
Can you imagine what would happen if women:
- Showed their superpowers on full display?
- Started taking compliments with easy self-assurance?
- Soaked up promotions, rewards, and high-fives like it was just another day at the office?
- Stood tall and spoke from their strengths?
We would change the world.
Not by being more like men, but by stepping up as women.
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