On my trip home from a conference today, I watched RBG; the documentary of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
As I watched the documentary, I had such a wave of gratitude that it choked me up (which says something).
I presented today to a group of 95% male attendees at a conference. As I looked around the room, which was standing room only, I realized that I would not be able to hold the position that I have without the brave warriors that have came before and paved the way for me.
RBG “disrupted” well accepted cultural generalizations; such as “women are too emotional to lead”. It was that disruption that moved the bar. I have seen that the bar does slide back, but because it was moved forward, I have to believe that it does not slide all the way back.
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time” RBG
One of my main career aspirations is to, in whatever small capacity, move the bar. I want meaning and purpose to drive my work, not status and grade, and I want to continue chiseling away at the ceiling. After all, isn’t that what ceiling breaking really requires? If you just break it, you’re a real problem, but if you use a chisel, all the sudden you’re at the table and they are wondering how the hell you got there.
Off to sharpen my chisel.