Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding that title from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. By common consent she changed the nature of the position of First Lady by being outspoken and political herself.
I’ve used one of her quotes for years when running courses:
No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent.
It’s so true. Lack of confidence is cited time and time again in surveys/reports on why women don’t progress. Yet we’re not born lacking in confidence. I think so much of that apparent lack of confidence stems from women being undermined at every level by the inequalities present across all sectors of society. Much of it passes unnoticed; it’s so institutionalised. Male is always the norm, however subtle this is. Which means being a woman is deviating from the norm. Male behaviour is always the yardstick, the norm.
Once you become aware of this the empowering begins. It doesn’t mean becoming a man hater, by no stretch do I describe myself as a man hater. It means understanding how this has developed and taking a personal decision to resist. It means reclaiming your power, and your confidence.
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Posted on July 9th, 2014 by Jane