by Areva Martin
Mentors, men and leaning into closed doors. 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.
Just as they hold the power, men hold the keys. Women often find themselves searching for a male mentor who can (metaphorically) open doors for them. You can’t open a door simply by “leaning in” to it.
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