I’ve met a number of smart, talented, successful women who, despite all they’ve done in life and all the obstacles they’ve overcome, nevertheless doubt themselves or, worse, dislike themselves. It breaks my heart to see them discounting their accomplishments, denying their own power, or worrying they aren’t pretty or thin enough.
I don’t have a solution to this problem. I don’t pretend to know how it feels to be a woman living in a patriarchal society like mine. Without implying they need my validation, I simply want to tell these women: I see you, I respect you, I’m rooting for you.