As a thinking women, I was appalled by his (alleged---because he is denying it---) assumption that Megyn was "bleeding out of her eyes and her whatever," but then I saw it as a golden opportunity to change the modicum of respect that a woman receives while on her period.
The collective consciousness of the participants and speakers at this inspiring conference was that, ultimately we are all connected and everything is possible if we come together and assume our birthright as leaders and choose to make a difference for the greater good of all.
There is an important lesson to be learned from the election results last night: Women, moms, and their families will continue to advocate for these issues until every worker is guaranteed paid sick days, affordable childcare, and are paid a fair, livable wage.
Being a working mother is possible. It is even good. Yes, there is a lot more that our nation and companies can do to support working mothers (equal pay, childcare and flexibility), but do you think that progress will happen without working mothers actually working? It won't.
As long as women are the ones having the babies and are more likely to be the ones managing the household as well, they will be the ones dealing with the balancing act between career ambitions and family needs/obligations.
For me, once I admitted that I really like sugar, and that eating it makes me happy, my cravings died down. I stopped wanting it because I knew I could eat it if I wanted it. I replaced my years of resistance and pushing away the foods I loved with a more compassionate approach.
Gender bias against women is a well studied, and by now, well established fact of life. The higher levels of anxiety and depression for women resulting from those biases is a theme that continues to play out in therapy sessions across the nation.
In life, there will be times when dreams get shattered. When that one thing you blindly believed was going to work out doesn't. Most of us have been there, in a place outside our comfort zone. A place where we feel lost and lack the energy and self-belief needed to start again. But fear not.
My version of the American female road trip is told through the lens of a makeup mask. I have internalized subliminal and explicit messages that tell me natural girls who don't need makeup are pretty, but those pretty girls naturally don't have unibrows and acne.