So, how are you feeling today? No, seriously. How are you REALLY feeling?
How often do you feel that foreboding of self-doubt and self-sabotage?
When is the last time you said something self-deprecatory, or undermined yourself?
Has second-guessing crept in yet in your 2020 life?
I’m willing to bet my 20+ years of mindset and relationship work that if you opened this and are still reading it, there’s a good chance you know imposter syndrome ‘like a friend’.
More than ever before, I believe the time is NOW for women to pay attention to the sociological and psychological shift in play. And dare I say political shift on so many levels? I think I will, I love a bit of sh!t disturbing to see what triggers people 🙂
Ah, let me start off with my favorite theory. I said I’d go to politics, so let’s get started there.
It is my theory that Trump is the catalyst for the #MeToo movement.
At first, I thought it was obvious to everyone. But apparently it’s not, and my new marketing people told me to break it down; so here goes!
If you put it on a timeline, here’s how it would go.
In 2006, a term called ‘the Me Too movement’ was coined against sexual harassment used by activist Tarana Burke.
In November 2016, Donald Trump was elected to office.
In January 2017, there was a worldwide women’s march to protest the swearing-in of Trump.
In October 2017, following the exposure of the widespread sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein in early October 2017, the movement began to spread virally as a hashtag on social media with American actress Alyssa Milano with her now iconic tweet “If all the women who have ever been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, then we give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
The rest is history. Or is it? Does it have to be?
It’s quite literally the present, isn’t it?
Trump was the catalyst for the #MeToo movement, in my opinion. And the lasting effects are undeniable.
All change comes with time and cost, but there is hope.
Two scientists, Ro’ee Levy and Martin Mattsson, doctoral candidates at Yale University, studied the effects of the movement across 24 countries. They “analyze the effect of the MeToo movement by employing a triple difference strategy over time, across countries, and between crime types. (They) find that the movement increased reporting of sexual crimes by 14 percent during its first three months. While the effect slightly declines over time, the movement had a strong effect even 15 months after it started. (They then) use more detailed US data to show that despite the increase in crimes reported, the movement did not increase the number of sexual crimes cleared by the police. In contrast to a common criticism of the movement, (they) do not find evidence for substantial differences in the effect across racial and socioeconomic groups.”
Prepare Yourself for the Decade of Women
Now that we’ve established that a lot of change has been driven by fed-up and frustrated women, let’s recap the 3 mighty things womankind has achieved in under 18-months, thanks to a collective awakening of sorts.
- Powerful men finally being held accountable for decades of harassment (sexual and otherwise).
- Movements have drawn up at short notice – the women’s march, #MeToo
- Teenaged Greta Thunberg’s global push for action on climate change.
Back to us, now.
While the overarching movement makes its way into altering the psyche of how we as women are auditing our own right to freedoms and our body, where does that leave us as today’s women leaders?
Either as entrepreneurs building what didn’t exist before – life for women on our own terms. Or as women in corporate leadership roles, blazing a trail like never before, redefining what quality of life means and shattering new glass ceilings.
The bottom line remains, GenX is the first generation of women who have put themselves first.
We co-exist today in a time where our mothers guilt us and our children mock our lack of intuitive creativity and fascination with ‘success’.
And it’s the wild, wild west. Like Cannabis in Canada. Just a little bit more socially acceptable 😀
So this year I made some pretty serious commitments of my own for the decade. To contribute my skills to the ONE THING I know messes with MIGHTY WOMEN more than anything else. Imposter syndrome.
Stay with me?
This series of 5 pieces outlines and tackles everyday imposter syndrome that fells so many of us mighty women and will be well worth your time.
Let’s crush the decade and really seize the opportunity that gender equalization presents. Whether it’s basic rights, better pay, or emotional intelligence for all.