Podcast Episode 023 #DontMessWithMe: Women’s Lessons in the Power of Your Voice

Episode Summary:

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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Books Mentioned

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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

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