“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~Roseanne Barr
To have power is to have impact.
Although society is changing, I sometimes feel as though women are still discouraged from having both power and impact.
Being discouraged from something does not preclude it from happening, though. It does make it a bigger challenge.
I have taken power in my life by pushing my way through doors that did not necessarily want my entry. I have annoyed and dismayed people in powerful positions, and I have caused them discomfort.
Was that because I was a woman or was it just me being a relentless pest?
I expect that varying perspectives could be shared in answer to that question.
I honestly don’t care which answer fits. I have accomplished things, and I make no apologies for it.
I know that, had I not pushed, I would have accomplished nothing, and that would have been unacceptable.
Men have been politely asked to enter the same doors that I have had to push my way into. They did not annoy and dismay folks in the same way that I did. But then, I am not sure that they had a lot of impact either.
Women often have to work harder to obtain and maximize the same opportunities available to men. But through their diligence and tenacity, women also can push change in ways that those who have had it easier cannot do.
I cannot say that I have mastered the art of taking power. But I have thrown paint at the canvas a few times. And I have pushed positive change, whether people liked it or not.
And I have made an impact.