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Use the Men’s Room!

Sheryl Sandberg suggests that women switch our gaze from external “glass ceilings” to internal “sticky floors.” What can be accomplished when the ascent up the ladder is with full confidence that the top is where we belong? I was recently preparing my remarks as the keynote for a professional women’s mentoring program and an analogy struck me that made me laugh out loud. “Don’t ask for permission or knock politely at the men’s room door. Go on in.” Oh my! Years of a behavior that has been a source of embarrassment to my friends and that mortifies my kids is an exact analogy for my professional outlook. When there is a line for the women’s room and appropriate privacy in the men’s room I do not discriminate. I enter the men’s room. Why be restricted and slowed down by social convention?