Hiding your light under a bushel isn’t appealing modesty, it’s actively holding women back
Entering yourself into an award is so undignified? So tacky. So Apprentice.
We’re taught from a young age, especially if we’re female, that modesty is a virtue. If someone compliments us, we should look embarrassed and deny all responsibility for it. If someone calls for volunteers we should look to the person next to us, even if we have the skills to do the task. Boasting is bad, talking about our achievements is attention-seeking. Putting ourselves in the spotlight is unladylike.
This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post website.