To Dr. Ford,
We want to thank you for the courage, honesty and selflessness you demonstrated over the last few weeks. While the decision didn’t go as many of us hoped this is by no means an entire loss. What you did, Dr., is turned up the mic for so many who don’t have a platform from which to speak. You woke up hundreds of thousands of people to a problem that is a regular occurrence in the workplace, schools, and homes around the world.
Now it is our turn as a country to step up for you and the countless others who suffer in silence. We as women have got to start standing up for one another. In the workplace we can be sure to encourage the quiet to speak up. We can mentor a newcomer to find their way. We can shine a light on brilliance when we see it. We can support women who strive to land leadership positions and can vote them onto Boards. Finally, we can listen and collaborate with those of opposing views and find a solution that works for all thereby demonstrating the power of a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Women and men need to have a conversation with their daughters, nieces, grand-daughters and hear what their day to day life is like as that the behavior that Dr. Ford experienced is seriously on the rise.
But it doesn’t have to. So what can we do?
We can remember in November. We can vote and get the hearts, minds and voices representative of today’s world, not that of an era gone by to make the decisions that will affect generations to come. Will everyone agree? No but that isn’t the point. Diversity of thought is the goal as that is what leads to innovation and iteration as a country. And that is what KEEPS America great.