Seat at the table

We need to talk about diversity. I used the album titel of Solange Knowles because it sort of reminds me of a conversation I had with someone about us women demanding a seat at the table when it comes to higher positions.
Then I saw that feminist movement De Bovengrondse changed the names of 12 streets in Amsterdam to female names because only 242 street names were based on females and over 2000 on men.

Basically we need to wake up. Because even in 2018 there is hardly any equality in any business.

Only 20% of songs played on the radio are by female artists. This makes it more difficult for them to get managers/agents/gigs etc. etc. That is why I love this quote by Beyoncé from the Vogue September issue :

“If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighborhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own. 

​​​​​​​They will hire the same models, curate the same art, cast the same actors over and over again, and we will all lose.”

Only 5% of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. That is why I was so sad to hear Indra Nooyi was stepping down as CEO of PepsiCo after 12 years!

Diversity is a win-win situation. I really loved watching the latest series of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ on Netflix. Because so many different people from so many different backgrounds were represented. SEE, DIVERSITY IS NOT THAT HARD IF YOU MAKE IT A PRIORITY.​​​​​​​

And us women need to step up as well! We need to start demanding more leadership roles. If we don’t then the Putins, Trumps, Dutertes and Netanyahus will keep deciding on our future. And I haven’t even started talking about all the bankers filling their own pockets yet. Those in power now are not doing that great of a job.

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey
We know this. Let’s stop this madness and start taking action. For our children… and grandchildren. We need more female role models. We need YOU!

Make yourself visible, add value, let your voice be heard and most of all take that Seat At The Table!



P.S. isn’t ‘Beyoncé Boulevard’ a much better name than ‘Rokin’ ;-)?

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