Nevertheless, We Persisted
By She Runs It
With 2017 in our rearview mirror, the press and social networks are brimming with “good riddance” commentary. But many people see 2017 as I do: a powerful year for women.
It dawned in January with millions of women (and men) assembling in solidarity … in Washington and thousands of other cities and towns around the world. And it culminated in a poignant spotlight from Time Magazine, recognizing the women who raised their voices to launch the #metoo movement.
In the months between, Fearless Girl took up residence on Wall Street, and Merriam Webster declared “Feminism” to be its word of the year. So many curious and affirming … and yes, also painful — moments defined 2017. Nevertheless, we persisted.
Now it’s 2018. Where do we go from here?
I’m not one for resolutions, but I’m a huge proponent of RESOLVE. The former is an opinion or an intention. Resolve, by definition, is a DECISION. For 2018, I resolve to do the following:
- Endorse more women. Our recent benchmarking study indicated that 70 to 80 percent of all endorsements on LinkedIn are made by men, for both men and women. We need that number to be closer to 50 percent.
- Advocate for, celebrate and support more women of color. It is not enough to fight for gender equality if we don’t pursue a deep understanding of the intersectionality of our sisterhood. The IDAC Consortium is a measureable step in the right direction.
- Actively champion and warmly embrace all groups and individuals who are working for equality. There are many remarkable people and organizations in this industry who share or overlap the mission of She Runs It. We are not competitors. We are cohorts. We need to build each other up at every opportunity.
- Amplify the voices of all the remarkable women and men who exemplify the best of our industry. She Runs It will populate every stage, panel and dais with role models, warriors, provocateurs and thought leaders who are creating the change we all want to see.
- Be as fearless as I can be. I will jump in, speak up, join a movement or simply applaud the fantastic work that others are doing. Some people make change by walking. Others by speaking. Others by voting. I won’t sit quiet. I’ll play to my own strengths, and I will do everything possible to support others who are doing the same.
I see great things ahead of 2018. If we persist, anything is possible.