“If you have an opportunity to use your voice you should use it.” – Samuel L. Jackson

Language-Policing

Do you feel like you are always keeping your mouth shut? Not because you don’t have anything to say, but because you don’t want someone to twist your words again. Semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting someone to shut up.

“Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Unknown

Tone-Policing

In the corporate world, women who speak up “too much” or “too loudly” are passed over for promotions, deemed aggressive, told to tone it down. Research and real-life experience back this up.

So afraid of women that they have to try to silence them.

“Your silence will not protect you” – Audre Lorde

Women are told to be “softer” and “quieter.”, but when they are…

Do you feel like you are contributing to the conversation, but people are simply ignoring your words until they are repeated by a male coworker? The excuse… “She has great ideas she just is not intimidating enough.”

“A woman with a voice is, by definition a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

Remember: Silence is complicity