Thanks to the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, I have been asked to write a sponsored blog post about what it means to me by “Going off Script”.
Obviously, this can be interpreted in many ways, but it took me several days to contemplate on what it meant to me. When I think of “Going off Script” – I think of boss women, women who defy gender norms and color outside the lines.
These women are badass. Like giving a huge middle finger to the man badass. They know their self-worth and won’t accept anything less than what they deserve. That to me, is going off script, it’s the decision to write your own.
I think of boss women as women who defy gender norms and color outside the lines.
We all have the opportunity to be transformed or to transform others, but we (as women) have to want that for ourselves.
We can’t hope for it, we can’t ask for it, we have to do it. And we have to do it full-heartedly and unapologetically, and we have to believe that we can, when no one else will. We can’t be scared to try, but more importantly, we can’t be scared to be the boss.
Men do any and all things to get ahead. They overstep boundaries; they ask for raises they “think” they deserve and they add opinions to subjects that have nothing to do with them. As women, we have to be strong voices for ourselves and other women.
So what is it? What's stopping us from going off script? I’ll tell you what’s stopping us. It's us. We can blame everyone else for our situation or we can change it.
We can't be scared to try, but more importantly we can't be scared to be the boss.
We’re afraid to try and fail. Our fear is failure. And without trying, we’re letting our fears become greater than us and what we're destined to be.
Did you know women earn 78 cents for every dollar that is earned by a man in Central Ohio? Wait a minute, what the fuck? Excuse my French, but why are we getting paid 22 cents less than a man? It's time for change. We want our 22 cents, damn it.
And with high hopes, we'll get it. Today, we stand on the shoulders of the strong women before us, whether it's our mothers, grandmothers, mentors or friends. The trail has been blazed, now we have to take the torch and write our own story. We must be the storytellers for our future daughters, young girls and friends.
I can see that the world is changing and people’s views are changing. We, as women need to take action because the time is now, not later.
I am challenging all my readers to go off, I mean completely off script.
The trail has been blazed, now we have to take the torch and write our own story.
The world has made you to believe that your role is scripted.
Don’t let this world give you a voice that isn't your own. Don’t wait in line, create your own. Don’t meet expectations, but exceed them. Don’t settle for less, but ask for more. Don’t say, just do. We have to work for ourselves because if we don't, no one else will.
Thanks to the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, I was really challenged to think about what it means to be a woman in the workforce. I am beyond excited to attend this year's Keyholder event and have been given the opportunity to giveaway two free tickets, please see entry details below.
GIVEAWAY: If you want to be entered to win (2) tickets to the 2016 Keyholder “Going off Script” with speaker, Vanessa Williams on Tuesday, May 10th 2016 at the Ohio Theater, write a brief comment below on why you want to attend.
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!