Let’s now jump to the primary focus of our interview. The premise of this series assumes that our society still feels uncomfortable with strong women. Why do you think this is so?
Humans like predictability. We don’t like change. Historically, we (and by we, I mean the people who could get their voices heard: men) have defined men as strong and women as nurturing. Historically, we have defined tradition as that which aligns with history, and we have defined disruption as what strays from or challenges these historical narratives (which women did not get to vote on by the way). So, men being strong is traditional. It is predictable. Women being strong is disruptive. It is change. It is scary.
Things are changing, but they are changing so very slowly. Strong women still feel disruptive to people; strong women bring vibes of instability to people who seek stability from traditional narratives. Strong women are chastised at home, work, in their communities and everywhere else in a multitude of ways for daring to disrupt the traditions that work so well for some men and have never really worked for most women.