I woke up at 3am last night angry.
Angry that our country would elect a blatantly racist, sexist, and homophobic bigot with zero political experience, endorsed by the KKK to run one of the most powerful nations in the world.
It felt like a major step backwards in our progress towards equality.
Lying in bed, I thought about my first job interview out of college; the company I had been interning for was offering me a full-time position.
I knew from a friend who worked there that he was making $40k without a college degree. I expected a similar offer and was excited at the prospect of a decent salary so I could start paying off my student loans.
However, when the CEO passed me the contract, my salary was listed at almost half of my male friend’s salary. I was speechless but didn’t know what else to do, so I accepted.
As an unshakable optimist, I have a habit of focusing on the positive in any situation. (For better or worse.) So I overlooked the overt sexism and instead thought about how grateful I was to have a job in design at the tail-end of the recession.
But since then I’ve learned that anger is okay. Anger motivates us. It’s a natural reaction we use to communicate a sense of injustice.
That anger is what eventually drove me to start my business.
It’s no wonder so many women start their own businesses.
We don’t have a glass ceiling holding us back. There’s no gender gap or pay inequality.
Being an entrepreneur is a way to tell the world you’re not okay with the status quo—the gender gap, glass ceiling, inflexible 9-to-5 schedule, long hours, limited maternity leave, etc. It’s one way to make your voice heard. 🙋
Even though I’m angry, shocked, and scared about the election, I’m also motivated.
We have made progress towards equality and will continue to do so. Maybe Trump getting elected was the reality-check needed to make us work harder. I know I damn well will. And I hope you do too.
I know this post is a diversion from my branding + design + business focused blog, and it’s rare for me to post something so personal, but I felt compelled to share it with you.
How has anger motivated you to work towards something better?