The glass ceiling myth in the web 2.0 era

I really need to share with you, my beloved readers, something that a dear colleague of mine shared with me yesterday, and that really impacted my way of thinking and doing projects for the future.

The speaker is the enlightening Cindy Gallop, whose motto is “why walk if you can gallop?”. Smart girl. Very smart girl. I wish I had such a surname!

In the video I’m about to show you, she says very inspiring things about how we relate to our work, revealing that we can, we should, we must set the boundaries we want and work the way we want, doing what we love, so that it will never feel as work but as a blessing, a miracle, the dream of being paid for doing something that is not a huge sacrifice.

Also, she mentions a very true quote: “there is no such thing as a glass ceiling: there’s just a thick layer of men” .

Every woman working in the digital world can confirm this. Most of the times when I attend web or digital events I feel like an outsider, it seems to me that it is so much a men thing. Geeks (like me) drinking beer and talking all the time of java.net, jquery, CSS and other super interesting (!) programming things. The ones with whom I can relate the most are the usability experts: usability requires intuition, attention to detail and big picture at the same time (many female friends of mine would define these characteristics as feminine: I don’t want to be too provocative, though. At least not for now!).

Anyway, here is the inspiring, enlightening, life-changing video of Cindy Gallop. Enjoy it, understand it, process it, share it, do it!

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