In this episode, Gloria closes out this season of Take The Lead Women by speaking to the importance of women finding their voices and sharing them with the world. Referencing the hashtag #DontMessWithMe, which was inspired by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Gloria highlights numerous women in history who refused to have their voice stifled.
Among these include Hilary Clinton, Bella Abzug, Oby Ezekwesili, Dorothy Seymour Mills, and Tarana Burke, to name a few. Finally, Gloria leaves listeners with three key takeaways that women can implement in their everyday lives to ensure their voices are heard loud and clear!
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Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and … Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way, by Suzanne Braun Levine (Editor), Mary Thom (Editor)
Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People, and Places, by Dorothy Seymour Mills
No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, by Gloria Feldt
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“We had a conversation about how I teach women there isn’t a finite pie of power. It’s an infinite resource and, just because one person’s rights are expanded doesn’t mean anyone else’s are lessened. In fact, just the opposite. The more rights there are, the more there are for everybody.”
— Gloria Feldt
“The power of a woman’s voice once ignited is not to be underestimated. But it’s only powerful if it’s used.”
— Gloria Feldt
“When you are as educated as the women in this room, you are only voiceless by choice.”
— Oby Ezekwesili
“No one can break that pattern of silence as ascent but us. No one can set our #dontmesswithme boundaries but us. No one is likely to speak out about patterns of gender-based abuse and violence unless we start the conversation.”
— Gloria Feldt
GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. People has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”
As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.