What a year it has been for women. Women finally feel empowered to publicly say enough is enough while pointing directly at the inexcusable behavior they have witnessed or at something that has happened to them. We are living in a different time. Women who have kept abuse under wraps for decades are finally speaking out. It is about time and to not believe them is appalling. It takes a lot of courage to step out of the shadows.
Over the past decade, countless women have started businesses. A record number of women are running for office. Women have stopped turning a blind eye but speaking up forcing companies cultures to change. How the many mighty has fallen….and I am sure there will be more to come.
Powerful men have abused their power and to believe that they are invincible is over. That has changed. We can no longer as a society continue to dismiss bad behavior, period. A new generation is coming up the ranks. When these women were growing up, they were told that they could be anything that they wanted to be. The world was their oyster. They are righteous. Everything is black and white, there is no grey area when it comes to equality. Everyone, regardless of their gender, deserves the same pay, the same respect, the same opportunities. If you don’t believe we are there, trust me, that is definitely where we are headed.
There will always be women who marry for money and power as there will always be the men who want to be in those relationships. That is life. What is different is that we can now call a spade a spade anywhere.
I was at a wedding last weekend where I spoke to a woman in her 70’s. I asked her what she thought about the #metoo movement. She is a smart independent woman who might have had a very different career if she was born today. Her answer said it all. She said it is about time. We used to just look the other way because that was how it was. It shouldn’t be.
The time has come for every woman to be able to speak up at the moment. It is time for everyone particularly men to support those women even it is means turning against your fellow bro.