Former US first lady Michelle Obama shares one of our frustrations – seeing men fail spectacularly and still be OK, while women aren’t afforded the same courtesy.
Obama revealed this pet peeve during an interview with none other than Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross at the United State of Women Summit in LA.
‘I wish that girls could fail as bad as men do and be OK,’ she said.
‘Because let me tell you, watching men fail up - it is frustrating. It's frustrating to see a lot of men blow it and win. And we hold ourselves to these crazy, crazy standards.’
Cue people immediately assuming she was talking about Donald Trump, although she didn’t actually name him.
She went on to give men a little parenting advice; ‘What I've been telling men is, you can't have it both ways: You can't whisper these magical thoughts in your daughter's ear about who she can be or what she can do….
‘If you're tolerating [inequality at work], that is the workplace that's going to be waiting for your little girl, but you sold her a bill of goods. You told her she could be anything, but then you're not working to make sure that can be actualized. And so men have to understand things don't just work out for your little precious pea."
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As well as sharing her thoughts on men in power, she made in clear that women in the workplace had a part to play in ‘shaking things up’ too.
‘So many of us have gotten ourselves at the table, but we're still too grateful to be at the table to really shake it up,’ she said.
‘That's not a criticism, because for so many, just getting to the table was so hard, so you're just holding on.
'But now we have to take some risks for our girls… just holding on to our seats at the table won't be enough to help our girls be all that they can be.’
BRB, going to write that last bit on a post-it note above my desk.
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