Happy International Women's Day!
One of my favorite things to see is the incredible movement of support on social media and online. Let's be real. The internet can be a mean place. But recently there has been this trend of empowering and supporting one another. And I love it. You'll see women sharing their favorite Instagramers, the idea of collaboration over competition and T-shirts that say 'You CAN sit with us.' On Instagram people are competing for likes and shares just like in the real world we're all competing for jobs and promotions, but I think we can do that without tearing each other down.
I'll be the first to admit I was a bit of a mean girl in high school. Part of it I think stemmed from being bullied myself, but I've found being mean gets you nowhere. But being kind does. I try to take that mindset into the workforce where I still run into my fair share of mean girls. The news business is becoming more and more female (except maybe in management...) which is awesome, but it does mean there is that element of competition and even some cattiness. I am so proud to say that our newsroom at KMOV has so many incredible female journalists (many of which are my dear friends) and I think right now we are all about lifting each other up, helping each other make our stories better and working as a team.
While that hasn't always been the case, I know that I can only control my actions. It's hard when you see others getting the stories you want (or maybe for you the it's project or the promotion) and I think as women we have a tendency to take that personally. It makes us think 'why can't I be like her,' 'what does she have that I don't?' Those feelings are especially exasperated by social media where everyone's lives look so darn perfect. (Remember, Instagram is a highlight reel). But for me I have really try to squash down those feelings, both at work and while scrolling through Instagram. I know I can only work to make myself better, take chances that might get me those stories I want, and remember you can't have something unless you go for it. Instead of feeling down on myself or tearing down the person who has what I want, compliment her, seek her advice, support her. Because we won't get anywhere without supporting and collaborating together.
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