Melissa Turkington5 days ago
Thank you for being brave enough to share your story, Heather. I think there is value in learning how to speak with authority without alienating people, but I also think that there is a ridiculous double standard that makes people particularly sensitive to women who speak their minds in any context. People can get very upset when you disrupt the status quo. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten this piece of advice from authority figures: "the best way to get your idea across is to make [insert person of power here] think it's their idea". I would love to see a poll on how many times women get this type of feedback versus men. It will be harder for you to be an outspoken woman in our society, but we need outspoken women.