THE CHALLENGES FACED BY FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS REQUIRE OPTIMISM
“I don’t roll with the first ‘no’ I get.” Someone says ‘no’ to an idea every day. So, I just ask someone else. I’m not immune to feedback but I do think women, especially women in business, get a lot more ‘no’s’.
At The Outrage we’ve got a business with a very strong mission, so it’s non-negotiable. I’m irreverent. If I followed the rules I wouldn’t get very far. I’m relentless. That’s how I get things done. And I’m generous; it’s important to give back when you can.
After the last election, we became a blend of community and hub for activism. Our first pop-up had 4-hour lines. 200,000 people came, they wanted to wear their values. What we didn’t expect is people wanted to come in and be here in person.
THE BIRTH OF MY SON AND MY NIECE WERE IMPORTANT IN ILLUMINATING THE DIFFERENCES IN OPPORTUNITIES
When my son Leo and my niece Zora were born just months apart, they were also born into a world where society presents a different set of opportunities to each of them. If Leo is a successful CEO, or successful in a variety of fields, he will find himself in the majority. My niece Zora will not. And as a young woman of color, her successes will actually define her as a trailblazer.
Our country does not value women in the way that is deserved, and there is work to do. For all women, it’s important to register to vote. Whatever it is that’s important to you, just take the first step. We’re living in a moment where individual actions can start real change.