What would happen if every woman regularly spoke her mind?

What if she never worried that others might criticize her or call her a bitch?

What if it simply never occurred to her to try and please others when expressing her beliefs?

What if she never, ever, concerned herself with the need to be perfect – to make no mistake and avoid at all cost anything that would embarrass?

What if every woman spoke her mind – with no fear of criticism or rebuke? What if she never gave a thought to retribution from those more powerful? What if she always acted on her beliefs and refused to hold her tongue?

What if every woman believed her voice was needed – that speaking up was not just her right, but also her obligation? What if her commitment to herself and to the world was to speak up – to be heard, regardless of the risk?

Would the bullying strategies of industries who put profit ahead of safety stop? Would powerful individuals, who hurt others with impunity be held accountable? Would we hold those in power to their promises? Would saving our planet for our children and future generations be a higher priority?

Would we still have mass shootings?

Would we allow those motivated by power, hatred or greed to rule us – whether in our homes, our places of work, or our halls of government?

A year from now – what would the world look like if every women in it could own her power, use her voice, and speak her conscience?

Speak your mind.

Live your power.

Written by Emily Barrosse

With over 30 years experience as a strategist and leader in publishing and in her own businesses, Emily Barrosse earned her reputation as a “rainmaker” by taking bold actions that resulted in spectacular successes. As an Editor in Chief at McGraw-Hill, she transformed the sluggish culture into a competitive, hungry, growth-driven business. Fueled by explosive creativity, her division quadrupled pipeline productivity with innovative content for the future. As a coach and teacher, Emily’s passion is in empowering women to be bolder and to reach for greater success. She believes, with the right mindset, every woman can confidently achieve bolder goals. From personal experience, she knows nothing drives change and improves confidence faster than taking action.

2 comments

  1. Loved this. Empowering to be reminded. I told my boss I was quitting today, finally speaking my personal truth. He apologized for being a jerk and committed to doing better at treating me like a respected and valued employee. Whoa. I did not expect that at all.

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