As I took my dog for a walk, I passed a group of elementary school aged boys playing football in the yard. It was very clear which one was the leader. I remember being the only girl on my street at that age and was the groups leader. I naturally took charge in situations and continued to throughout school and into college. I never thought that a boy should be in charge instead, or anyone else for that matter. I was confident in my skills and the ability to lead.
I was not prepared to face what society thought a women’s place was. This included other women in the workforce as well. Aside from looking young for my age and constantly being mistaken as an intern, I was segmented into certain gender roles. I once had a female supervisor tell me to use my southern charm to get what our department wanted from a male coworker.
So why am I writing this? I’m writing to remind and encourage myself and others to continue to be leaders, continue to take charge, continue to reach for your goals - despite society tearing away at the image we have of ourselves. That group of little boys playing reminded me of how confident I once was in myself. I’ve allowed the years I’ve spent in “the real world” to effect me in ways I never thought I would. This is my reminder to be myself.