Women's Voices Project

Christi Craddick
Christi Craddick: Be a Mentor to Other Women

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"Women who are interested in politics need mentors so they can realize their potential if they choose to run for office. There’s a value to relatability, or being able to not only see women already in leadership roles but have access to them."

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Dilma Da Silva: In Male-Dominated Fields, Create the Work Culture You Wish You Had Come Up In

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"When you have companies where women are CEOs, where they really have a hold at the top, it does make a difference. It has changed the culture. Now, you don’t assume that your boss will be playing golf, like the senior vice president that you had 25 or 30 years ago. The traditional vice president that we have now is a woman that has teenage children, and has a very different life."

Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez: Recognize Your Privilege

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"When you have credibility and a mic from which to speak, that comes with a responsibility. Having a woman onstage allows a girl in the audience to say, oh, I can do that. A platform is an opportunity, and so is an audience."

Kam Franklin
Kam Franklin: Create Space for Female Acts

May 9, 2018 By Katy Vine

"Sometimes a festival rep will say they don’t want acts that are too similar. Could you imagine telling a man, 'Sorry, we can only have one indie rock band, you're all wearing Levi's and that's pretty overdone so we can't have that'?"

Mary Beth Rogers
Mary Beth Rogers: Put Women in Positions of Power

May 9, 2018 By Katy Vine

"I think there is a true opportunity right now for women—even more significant than when I was in state government.  We’ve got so many running for public office now. Once they win and their numbers grow, we’re bound to move beyond 'me too' to something better."

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Nicki Turnbow: Be Tough and Do Your Job Well

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"As a woman, you can’t put yourself in a bad position. One day, a foreman asked me to ride down with him to where they were drilling a deep gas well, about 45 miles away. I didn’t any more want to go than a man in the moon, and I should have said it, but I was thirty years old, and I didn’t know how to say that. I felt like I would be hurting my work opportunities."

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Anonymous: Recognize the Emotional Cost of Coming Forward

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"I think a lot of nurses—ICU, emergency room, operating room nurses in particular—have to emotionally shut down to do their jobs. It’s like we learn to develop an aperture in our lens, of what you can let in and what you can’t. If you let yourself feel everything that happens there, you’re not gonna make it. And I think sometimes we let things pass that we shouldn’t."

Sylvia Garcia
Sylvia Garcia: Remember Due Process

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"The issue isn’t going away, because for once, women feel like they can speak up and that they are finally being heard. And I think as a body, the Texas Legislature needs to demonstrate that we’ve heard these women, and that we’re going to clean our own house."

Terri Burke workplace discrimination
Terri Burke: Provide Legal Resources to Women, Especially in Small Businesses

May 9, 2018 By Charley Locke

"It’s so important to have a place where people can feel free to bring their issues to someone to investigate, and in a smaller setting, victims really worry about losing their jobs. They worry that nobody will believe them, so they’ll lose their jobs for complaining. They worry that if it does become public, they’ll have to relive the whole experience. They worry about stigma."