Wow. Just wow. The Golden Globes. A powerful, beautiful, emotional tribute to women everywhere. I always love the awards shows, but I have to admit I’m mostly in it for the fashion. Any given year, I’ve only seen 50% of the films or shows nominated so I end up fangirling over the dresses + red carpet moments and then not paying much attention to the actual show.
But, this year was different. With the launch of the Time’s Up movement, the most powerful people in Hollywood stood together in dress, words, and action. Supporting each other through their speeches. Celebrating the unity of women and using their voice to highlight the injustices faced by marginalized people. I have been uber-emotional lately, and this tapped open the floodgates once again. I was inspired. Humbled. Proud to be living at this time. A time when we can and will make great strides towards crushing that glass ceiling and inviting more and more women into the conversation at all levels.
I know am lucky. I have never been a victim of any type of assault. I have felt supported and safe in almost every situation in my life. I do not take this for granted. As a girl, growing up in rural Oklahoma, I am quite familiar with the various ways girls are described, valued and looked at differently than the boys. Yes, there have always been the unwelcome comments that until recently I just wrote off as the way the world works. But nothing more than comments…that I laughed off and moved on. Professionally, I have experienced the inevitable bias and discrimination of being a woman in a position of leadership. I have had the privilege of having a seat at the proverbial table, and I worked hard to get there. I had strong women and men advocate on my behalf, and empower me along the way. But I found that once I was there, it was a little lonely. Not many other female faces around the room, not many examples for me to follow. From other women is where I’ve tended to draw my strength, my passion and my support. A strong mom, grandmothers, aunts and boses have shown me the power of women. The best moments of my life + career have always been when I have worked with rock stars of women and men all committed to ensuring ALL of our voices are heard. Design + problem solving (heck, LIFE for that matter) are best done when great people empower each other to bring their best to the table every day.
This Time’s Up movement is not without controversy. The backlash of people who feel that a simple wardrobe change and a petition aren’t the way to create real change, and that these women were using the pain + suffering of others to join a conversation. I don’t know how I feel about that, but what I do know that people helping people is a good thing. People standing up for what they believe. People fighting to make our world a better, more equal, more inclusive + safer space for ALL of us…that is what it’s all about. More of this in 2018.
Here’s to speaking your truth, here’s to women AND men working together to create real change, here’s to being inspired to help in any way you can. And hopefully here’s to Oprah on the presidential 2020 ticket.