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The Leverage Effect: Women’s Power to Foster Equity

The biggest mistake women make about power is believing that they have none, or that their power only matters in certain situations. While women’s participation in economic, social and political arenas is gaining speed, experiencing gender equity is far from being realized. We must keep at the forefront the leverage effect of women’s power to experience the imperative for gender parity. Where women can realize success in protecting the full turf is when women focus their power on advocating for equity.

In April, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was the first person to give birth while serving as a U.S. senator. Now as a new mother, she faces a rule that may affect her ability to do either job—senator and parent— properly—children are banned from the voting floor. That means if the senator has to vote at a time that she also has to care for her baby, she’ll likely have to be absent from work, and her voice will be silenced when her constituency needs it.