Saw this on LinkedIn this morning. I must admit at times I don’t get questioned by just men but women as well who don’t understand why I’m working tirelessly for equality. They either state it’s an uphill battle or “all in my head.” Has anyone been told that gender equality is a mirage? How did you handle the situation? No wrong answers!

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i agree that it's an uphill battle, but it's because of people like them! 😂😭 i still encounter many people, often younger folks too, who think there isn't a problem, or at the very least, one that is surmountable with some good ol' elbow grease. sigh. progress has been made for sure, but it's still almost impossible for women of color, women with disabilities, etc. to break through into roles where they have the power to effect real organizational (let alone industry-wide) change. those who do tend not to be the ones who make "the good kind of trouble" that the late rep. john lewis used to talk about all the time.

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unfortunately, those fears are not unfounded. i have recently started adjusting my coaching/advice based on job rank because i have seen too many folks get punished for advocating for themselves or others, and having that done to you too early or too often in your career can affect your entire career trajectory. the "dropout" rate for women in tech is so high already, which will all but guarantee the status quo remains for another generation.

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