I’ve met a number of smart, talented, successful women who, despite all they’ve done in life and all the obstacles they’ve overcome, nevertheless doubt themselves or, worse, dislike themselves. It breaks my heart to see these women discounting their accomplishments, denying their own power, or worrying they aren’t pretty or thin enough.
I don’t have a solution to this problem. I don’t pretend to know how it feels to be a woman living in a patriarchal society like mine. I’m not implying that women need my validation. And, to put it crudely, I’m not looking to score points with women in the hopes of “getting laid.”
I simply want to tell these women that I see you, I respect you, and I’m rooting for you.