Two days ago, a (male) colleague asked me why I left my law firm. After a bit of rambling, I found myself, sans filter: "It was hard to be a woman, a married woman, and then a woman who was having children. Things started to get ... I didn't like the way certain people's biases were playing out."
Yesterday, I woke up and thought to myself, "Today, I will not let my inner radical feminist go unfiltered at work. I will remember [that CEO] who has said that she never noticed having been the only woman in her upper-level classes in college. I will remember [that other CEO] who wore a pink blazer to the masters. I will let my success be my roar."
Today, I woke up in a state that elected its first female senator and in a country that elected 20 women to the Senate - the highest number in US history.
Thank you, my country. I feel so much better now.