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Trust Your Voice -Why #MeToo Matters for All of Us

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. “ —Melinda Gates

Who is the most powerful woman you know? For most of us, a name or two quickly comes to mind. Maybe that person is a coworker, a business leader, a friend, or perhaps your mother or your partner. Whoever she is, somewhere along the line she has inspired you in some way.

Do you ever wonder how she does it, and how she became the strong person you so admire? You know there have been obstacles; we all have them. Do you ever wonder what hers might have been, or might still be? In light of the avalanche of recent stories of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement, do you wonder if she has ever experienced any of the harassment or even abuse and how she feels about it?

Me too.

I actually wonder this about powerful people, both men and women. How did the individuals I admire and learn from make their way and find their voices? How do we all overcome obstacles, doubt, and the inevitable mistakes or difficulties that can derail a career or a life plan? Why are some of us seemingly strong and resilient in the face of overwhelming challenges, while others break beyond repair?


As I have been thinking about this, I have also been trying to absorb and understand the recent epidemic of rampant sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and abuse, which has brought down a lengthy list of powerful men. It has all left me quite speechless and sad, yet also angry and confused. What’s going on?

I think this is about voice. We all have to do better and speak up.

All I could think of as I looked at that #MeToo is, how are we still here? How is this still happening? How have we not made the world a safer place for our daughters like my father did for me? What happened to our voices and our strength? 

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