March is all about recognizing incredible women. It’s National Women’s History Month, so we celebrate their innovation, their imagination, their advances in science, their accomplishments in technology, and their triumphs in engineering and mathematics. (This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)
Today, I’m enjoying the goodness that is Tina Fey.
Without question, the woman is talented. She’s got a gift and gets to share it with all who are willing to receive it. But the real gift that she gave me is on page 143 of her book Bossypants.
“I Don’t Care If You Like It.”
As someone who used to spend a lot of time in the company of comedians, their unsolicited advice can grow wearisome. But I’m willing to admit that I appreciated Tina Fey’s advice. In her own words:
So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way.
Succeeding at what you set out to do takes work. Hard, educational, rewarding, celebratory work. Factor in a dash of annoying obstacles here and a pinch of gender-based, unwarranted judgment there and the work becomes unnecessarily more challenging. It’s a pointless distraction that is not in the least bit reflective of the talent, skills, and wildly productive creativity of women. That talent, those gifts that women have, are why March is crammed full with the celebration of the inspiring innovation of women.
So, don’t listen to the naysayers. Listen to Tina Fey.
Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Ifeoma U. Aduba