My Reflection on Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month — aspirations and reflections
  • Fuel actions with aspirations: Although many projects start with solid budgets, for internal ERGs money could be a challenge. I’ve seen people base decisions on whether there’s funding or not, and consequently stall the progress and miss out on the purpose behind why we do what we do. The desire for change and the will to make change happen must come before the financial resources.
  • Practice balance and patience: I joined the WoU board earlier this year with a grand plan and many ideas. Nearly two months later I felt slightly burned out just by assisting coordination of International Women’s Day. It’s one thing feeling inspired and compelled to roll up your sleeves and executing; it’s another balancing people’s opinions and preferences and trying to make the best of the opportunity at hand. The Me Too movement originated in 2006 but did not go viral until the last few years because the timing was not optimal. The point is that most plans take time, resources, and commitment and dedication to take flight. Before embarking on a journey for the common good, take care of oneself, balance the amount of giving without burnout, and remember to be patient.
  • Allyship counts: I once attended a workplace equality workshop and realized over 80% of the attendees were women, which at first felt comforting. “I’m not alone,” I thought. Everything I learned about in that workshop — everyday workplace bias, barriers to career advancement, stereotypes and double-standards — made me feel helplessly agitated. It is so easy to fall into the victim mindset and ignore the bigger picture. That is, changing the status quo requires awareness and recognition of the issue itself from the general public, or at least the majority of it. If men are the majority in the workplace and in the leadership positions, how can women afford losing that subset of the audience? Perhaps not every man listens and recognizes the issue (or cares to), but we must try. There are allies out there who are willing to admit their blind spots and take a stand to do what’s right for future generations.

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Always pursuing the meaning of life through constant trying, failing, learning, and accepting :)

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