Cindy Novotny

I am WOMAN Hear Me Roar!


Whether you're a woman or a man, you must be aware of the constant struggle of the sexes. Just look at what is going on with the Boy Scouts.  Who is the best, smarter, stronger and even better balanced?  When are we going to stop focusing on whether I am a woman or a man, and just get on with doing an incredible job?  Woman have been fighting for years for equality and yet many women I know live their life completely opposite.  Talking out of both sides of their mouth.  “I want to be treated fairly and then when it doesn’t go my way, I will sue for discrimination.”  Are you kidding me? 

Women have been rising in the boardrooms for years now and that will only continue to grow. The world is full of self-made millionaires who are women.  Yes my friends, women have made it and as fast as they rise to the top, they can lose it.  

Let’s stop focusing on what we don’t have but what opportunities are available for any of us if we wish to pursue them.  This week I am in Asia and read an article in Forbes on the Feminist Mystique.  I enjoyed reading that despite reputation of men in the boardroom, it was not the case in Asia.  The magazine highlighted how many women they employed as journalists as early as 1918.  In 1919, Forbes featured an interview with Virginia Potter, co-founder of the 15,000 member National League of Women Workers.  “Women will go on and on making not only a name for themselves in the business they have undertaken but adding to the improvement of the country.”

So why is it today that women are their own worst enemy.  They stab each other in the back, don’t help promote other women and continue to blame the system for their lack of promotions.  

This is your life, your future and your fault if you are not moving ahead as a woman.  Stop blaming the system and admit you may not be as good as the male colleague you are competing with.  Tough call?  You bet it is.  But then again, you wanted to become an Eagle Scout!