Every day I am bombarded with lists of things I am doing wrong. The titles appear in my inbox, on my Facebook newsfeed, and on Twitter. Articles such as “30 Words Never To Use In A Cover Letter” and “15 Conversation Topics To Avoid At Networking Events,” tempt me to enter a spiral of shame and self-doubt. Is my use of the word “passionate” in my LinkedIn profile summary truly hindering my success? Did I sabotage my most rece...

February 4, 2015

 

In June 2014, the shampoo company Pantene aired a commercial called “Not Sorry." The commercial opens with a typed question: “Why are women always apologizing?” It then shows women in a series of short clips saying “sorry” to men, even though the women have done nothing wrong. The message “Don’t be sorry… be strong and shine” appears on screen. The same women are then shown in identical scenarios, but this time they don’t say...

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