When Gloria Steinem speaks or attends events, she always brings a few young feminists and activists with her.
That’s deliberate. She’s leveraging her fame and reputation to lift newcomers. This helps the rising stars get familiar and comfortable with the arena, and embeds them in a network of supporters and champions so they can do their work with more resources and community care.
Opportunity always has a face. We cannot rise without each other.
This strategy — using your resources and reputation to lift people starting out — is good for all of us.
It’s another culture-making tool.
And you don’t have be famous or established as Gloria Steinem to make these kind of moves.
Right now, from wherever you are in your journey, you can tweet and talk about and share the work of people whose voices you want to amplify. You can introduce people to each other. You can refer. You can mentor. You can get on the phone and fortify a friend right before she asks for a raise or pitches a proposal.
These are feminist work and business practices, and this is how we deliberately use our culture making power to grow a better future — one in which we all flourish.
Because we are the culture makers. And together we rise.
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