Who loses their voice in June? I mean, really? Isn't that reserved for the frigidly-cold winters in Wisconsin? Well, here we are in June, and I was speechless. With swollen vocal cords, I was without a voice for five days. As my friends would say in good fun, the world was much quieter today. And they were right! While I know in the grand scheme of things this is not a life or death situation, it was very frustrating yet quite symbolic of the women we serve.
So, what three things did I notice during my five days without a voice?
#1 | The first day I tried REALLY hard to talk and all that came out was puffs of air and an occasional squeak. I was frustrated, but I wanted to keep "talking.” But, when the people around me couldn't understand what I was saying... I eventually stopped trying.
#2 | I noticed that the people I was trying to communicate with were uncomfortable. Should they stay engaged in the conversation in hopes to glean the information they are looking for or table it for another day?
#3 | I longed to get my voice back!
So, what's the correlation between my experience and the women we serve.
#1 | Women who are in situations where they initially speak up - but aren't heard may eventually stop talking, stop sharing their ideas and stop challenging the status quo. They may lose their voice.
#2 | When women are not heard, it can affect their confidence. They may even second guess themselves. Does my voice really matter? It is here that the passive communication patterns are reinforced. Avoid confrontation. Don't speak up. Put others first. (repeat)
#3 | Women do long to be heard, to be empowered and to be confident in sharing their voice.
So, if you have lost your voice, we are here to help! We have some amazing tools, resources and tips to help women find and utilize their financial voice.