The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me – Ayn Rand
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand
For most of recorded history, women have not been particularly encouraged push boundaries, despite having had to deal with most social and political boundaries. We are taught, instead, to smile and be polite, to hold our tongue, to take what is given, and to give what is never asked of from a man. We are supposed to ask for permission when we want something, to wait patiently in line. However, the tide is turning. Thanks to the great pioneer women before us and the changing political climate, we have opportunities now, more than ever. Permission is no longer a question; and, for the most part, we no longer have to ask forgiveness for toeing the line. However, the landscape for women is still not perfect – systems are hard to break, and many of our institutions are run on exclusivity. But when it comes time to getting what’s yours, the question should always be: who is going to stop you?