5 Ways to Stop Bad Attitudes About Women in Power

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Tabby Biddle

Women leaders at the 2015 Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City. The festival is celebration of women in leadership — a weekend of features, documentaries and shorts where a woman in a leadership role is the protagonist of every story. Photo courtesy of Barnard College.

Do you ever wonder if you sometimes keep yourself small because you are afraid of your actual power? Do you ever wonder if you silence yourself and mute your opinion so that you will be “likeable” and not mistaken for a “bitch”? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually own your power?

It’s no secret that we have been socialized to fear women’s power, to view it as something negative, something unattractive, something unlikable, and in some cases, something horrific.

When Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, was doing research in 2010 for her now-famous TED talk, “

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