Award-winning author, civil rights attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Areva Martin recently released her fourth book, “Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We’ve Been Told,” also the topic of her talk and book signing this week at St. Louis Public Radio.
As women, we’ve been encouraged to proudly and boldly take our seat at the table. But what happens when the door is locked, and we can’t enter the room with the table? What does it say when women take a seat at the table but aren’t given the chance to own that table? What does this say about women? What does it say about our value?
As the world navigates the complexities of gender inequity and the systems that hold it in place, individual women are trying to navigate their own industries. Hard work alone will not earn recognition from the system. Often, you need connections, clout, or a mentor to open doors for you. Those “doors”—including jobs, projects, or speaking opportunities—have been shut to women for decades.