Women: Example, Not Exception

Posted May 2, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore
If you do anything today, literally anything, you need to watch this video.  And if you don’t have 13 minutes on your hands to watch this incredible speech, fast forward to 9:35. You’ll hear this:

“Women can no longer be both half the population and a special interest group.”

“When we talk about men who are succeeding, we rightly consider them icons or pioneers or innovators to be emulated. But when we talk about women, they are either exceptions to be dismissed or abhorations to be ignored. And finally, there is no society anywhere in all the world that is not changed except by its most exceptional.”

You are not an exception. I am not an exception. Women are not an exception. Don’t resign yourself to it, don’t hide behind it. Watch this video – watch it every day if you have to. And know that your exceptional nature will make certain, in the words of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, that “the exceptions will begin to rule.”

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."



    Thanks for posting this. I like her last comment: “When we change the way we see ourselves, others will follow. And it is time for all of us to think bigger!”


    This is a fabulous message – women are not the exception – however we are exceptional. And how can we be more than 50% of any population and be a minority? Great questions. We need to own and accept our greatness and more importantly seek it out and expect it in ourselves and others!

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