The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit me hard this weekend. She is the OG of value driven work. Her selflessness and care for the collective defies genders, party lines, age, race, and time. I read “My Own Words” in 2016 and it was as if she had spoken to my soul. What exactly are we all doing here? What exactly are we trying to accomplish? Is what we accomplish greater than ourselves?
RBG made me feel comfortable calling myself a feminist for the first time. It’s not about more, it’s about equal. It’s equal opportunity, not expecting an equal outcome. Equal opportunity to be awarded an earned and just outcome. It’s about universally making sure that a person’s gender does not contribute to where they are placed in respect to the starting line.
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Sometimes we are fighting so hard to defy the confines of what a stereotype thinks we should be, that we temporarily lose sight of the collective. I’ve been victim to this mindset. I never wanted to be called a feminist because it would mean I was an angry woman in the workplace. I was also very afraid to ever be seen as someone who received something simply based on their gender. It’s funny how that works, because the reverse had been happening for hundreds of years. Ruth’s work taught me that. Somewhere in my mid-twenties I had the hard nosed approach that I wasn’t a feminist. It took a handful of in-your-face, “shit, were you wrong” moments to realize that the term feminism was the perfect definition of everything I stand for.
I wish it hasn’t gotten to a personal place for me to feel the sense of outrage that I did. I wish I could have been honestly provided with the readily accessible data that is in front of me today. I wish that I cared less about what the stereotype looked like from the outside looking in and more about making a forceful change for women in the workplace from the moment I entered it. But it’s the truth.
The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be a forceful mirror staring moment where we can ask ourselves: What would Ruth do? What have I done in my career to move the collective forward? What mark have I made to forge a path for those behind, even if it’s only for one person? And what inequalities have I seen, both directly and indirectly and how can I expose them for what they are: injustice?
For me, my greatest achievements have been in the workplace and so that’s where I’ll choose to honor my inner Ruth. While here at The Revolt we talk about our individual value driven decisions, I challenge myself, this company and all those who use our methodology to add an extra metric to our practice. The values you uphold to follow your path, ask yourself how they contribute to the greater good. There are two areas of my personal and professional life that have molded me into the person I am today. Those values are the ones I plan to hold myself and my company to: equal education opportunities and women’s equality against gender discrimination (particularly in the workplace). Each cycle, as I assess my personal accountability, I plan to associate an accountability metric in both. As I have stated many times this year, I refuse to sit back and assume people understand my position on certain issues. You can hold myself and BYOB Revolt accountable to maintain excellence in these areas.
As always, the tangibles:
- As we roll out our new programs in a few weeks, we are offering one completely free. That program is not less than our regular programs. It’s equal and free to anyone that would like to use it. I plan to roll out a free program, alongside our paid programs each quarter. I consider BYOB Revolt a means of education in the career space, and it should be accessible to everyone.
- We are committing to strategic partnerships to promote the welfare of women in the workplace. Our classroom style programs will be available for free to a select group of non-profit organizations each quarter. These programs and information about the selected organizations and their mission to uplift women in the workplace will be made available on our website and across all marketing channels.
- And finally, a mission that I speak of often: whenever I have earned a seat, I will not get comfortable until I can offer two to other professionals and hold them to that standard as well. There isn’t a limit of seats we can have at the table, there is a limiting mindset of who should be there. That we can fix.
May Ruth’s legacy be one that touches us all and inspires us to be better people, it certainly has for me.