Article by Mary Beth Vander Schaaf, Managing Editor, Automotive News
Abby Wambach, the soccer champion and activist for pay equity and LGBTQ rights, seems to have stolen the commencement speech show this year. Her powerful words have been widely shared on social media, but I want to be sure you don’t miss them because they capture some of the spirit of this Leading Women Network.
In her keynote to the graduates of Barnard, a women’s liberal arts college in Manhattan, Wambach set four rules for the next generation of women. Rule 3 resonates the most with me. It is: Champion each other.
Here’s what Wambach said:
“Women must champion each other. This can be difficult for us. Women have been pitted against each other since the beginning of time for that one seat at the table. Scarcity has been planted inside of us and among us. This scarcity is not our fault. But it is our problem. And it is within our power to create abundance for women where scarcity used to live.
“As you go out into the world: Amplify each other’s voices. Demand seats for women, people of color and all marginalized people at every table where decisions are made. Call out each other’s wins and, just like we do on the field, claim the success of one woman as a collective success for all women.
“Joy. Success. Power. These are not pies where a bigger slice for her means a smaller slice for you. These are infinite. In any revolution, the way to make something true starts with believing it is. Let’s claim infinite joy, success and power — together.”
Thanks, Abby. Message received.