But if history teaches us anything, it’s that waiting for those backroom doors to swing wide isn’t a winning strategy.
Two years ago, I published an article in Campaigns and Elections Canada with a dozen ways women can unlock those doors – and make a difference once we’re inside.
Here’s one of them:
Don’t try to blend in. On the contrary, stick out.
Don’t mistake your audience for the boys in the room. Sometimes in our attempts to prove ourselves to our colleagues, we forget that our real audience is the voter. When you cultivate the ability to step away from the ‘inside baseball’ game of politics and see what matters to everyday voters, it’s a strength, not a weakness. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
You know stuff not only because of the intelligence and expertise you bring to the table, but also based on your experiences and priorities as a woman. That’s a great selling point as to why you should be there. And one of the many ways in which your presence will make a difference.
Check out the full article here. And let’s all remember that it isn’t just a question of opening those doors for ourselves – it’s leaving them open for other women, and for everyone who’s been shut out the decisions that affect their lives.