Last summer I was let go from my job. I was devastated but also in need of a time out. I was put through the ringer and probably on the verge of a breakdown. A negative environment to say the least.
For a while I told people it was a blessing in disguise but on the inside I felt like a failure. I thought maybe I wasn’t good at my job and maybe I should change careers or step down from the role I was used to. I have been terrified to re-join the workforce because I didn’t want to be in that situation ever again.
Yesterday I got a phone call that I didn’t ever think I needed but may have saved me; my supervisor who was let go the same day. We commiserated for a minute about our experience but then she reminded me how great I was at my job and she would do anything she could to help me.
With that said, why don’t women come together and support each other 100% of the time? So often women put each other down in a man’s world. Perhaps it’s to get ahead or make ourselves feel better about flaws we think we have but we need to stop.
I have learned more recently that there are so many ways in which women are discriminated in society. Breastfeeding is seen as repulsive (which boggles my mind since we were ALL babies at one time), woman make less money than men in the same position, women are judged on their looks everyday especially in business and overall, seen as less than men. And this is just in the United States.
In many other countries, women are treated like slaves. They cannot show their face or their hair. They do not have voting rights and quite possibly the worst is female circumcision.
While I slowly step off my soap box, I implore you to be kind to each other. To my ladies, please support each other. We are the only ones who truly understand what our gender struggles with every day. To the men, never forget that a woman birthed you and although we are behind you, we should stand next to you.