1. It takes a near act of rebellion for even a four-year-old to break away from society’s expectations.
2. We compromise our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet.
3. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
4. Every job will demand some sacrifice. The key is to avoid unnecessary sacrifice.
5. So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.
6. I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, “Yes, I have it all.'” Because no matter what any of us has—and how grateful we are for what we have—no one has it all.
7. In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.
8. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.
9. When you want to change things, you can’t please everyone. If you do please everyone, you aren’t making enough progress.
10. A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.
11. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
12. I’m sorry if this sounds harsh or surprises anyone, but this is where we are. If you want the outcome to be different, you will have to do something about it.
13. We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.
14. Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.