My Facebook and Twitter feeds are blowing up with women posting “#MeToo”. It started with Alyssa Milano who initiated a Twitter campaign urging her followers and millions of women to share their stories, or simply acknowledge that they too had dealt with sexual harassment and assault through the hashtag #MeToo. Women are joining the movement
Twenty years ago when I began my career, women entering the business world held a very different perspective about how to remain successfully at the companies in which they worked. I still remember when I was pregnant with my first son, a male colleague commented out loud that he wondered whether I was pregnant or had simply stopped working out.
I have been speaking to a lot of diversity and inclusion professionals lately. After we share what we do and the myriad successes, the conversation always turns to the obstacles we face – the push-back, the hurdles and the misconceptions we have to overcome in our dogged determination to effectuate change in the business world.
I remember when I was thinking about starting a family. I was a second year associate at what was, at the time, considered a large law firm and I was trying to determine how I was going to make it all work. How was I going to continue my demanding career and raise a family? I wracked my brain, thinking of every possibility, as all good Type A attorneys do, and then finally gave up.