Getting there will involve broadening standards of beauty, combatting ageism, and building a culture that looks beyond superficial and transient nature of our looks. We must insist that media and corporations catch up with these practices and we can do that by wisely allocating our clicks and dollars.
Once Sheryl hit the stage, my disappointment was replaced with happiness and inspiration. Although I really wanted to see her speak about being a victim of misogyny in the music industry, Sheryl wasn't there to portray a victim; she was there to celebrate her tenth anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.
I was born in 1963, when the most poplar girl names are now relics of history: Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen and Linda. Not far down the list were the cutesy names like Cindy, Marci, Tracy, Stacy, and yes, Lori. They all scream, "I'm a child of the '60s! Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" That is so helpful when I am submitting writing to millennial editors named Amber or Tiffany.