I was reminded again today of the sterotypes against us - at the Apple Store of all places! I went in there with the whole computer thing, and the guy told me I needed a new powercord but that they didn`t have any in stock. I said, you have them on the shelf. No, he said - those were retail stock and not for warranty issues. I asked him how long it would take to get me a new cord, and he gave me that look. (And I KNOW all of you have seen that look before, because I recognized it instantly!) It was that look of "why is this chick bothering me, it`s not like she has anything important to do besides upload pictures of that kid or chat online", followed by THAT SIGH, and the answer of "1 to 2 days".
So I did what any self-respecting mom with a giggling toddler on her back would do - I looked that guy straight in the eyes and said "Look, I`ve got 2 projects due and I`m losing money every second here - because whether or not the BRAND NEW cord is working, I still have to pay my employees. So why don`t you scoot on in to the back room and tell your manager you want to swap out a retail cord with my broken cord so I can go home and get some work done. OK?"
He was humbled ... and I walked out with a brand new cord.
There`s a lot of people trying to silence women out there - just look at the recent example of Kathy Sierra. But we have to work together and stay strong. So this Mother`s Day, just remember you have a little (but very important reason!) to keep up the good fight. I want to be the best I can be because I want my daughter to know her mom never settled for less!