Glenne Fucci, Regular Blog ContributorOctober 8, 2015
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The other day I was perusing social media when I came across a status posted by a so-called “friend” that left me perturbed. I’m paraphrasing here, but basically it said something along the lines of, “I’m okay with [insert sports channel] having female reporters but they shouldn’t be allowed to cover [insert weekly mega- sports event], because they don’t know what they are talking about.”
My first reaction to this went something like, “This is just incorrect because this major network wouldn’t hire an unqualified or incompetent, man or woman, for this lucrative job.” Now, what I really wanted to do was comment with, “Oh, women don’t play [insert male-only sport] so they are incapable of intelligently reporting on it? Last time I checked, men report and legislate on [insert women’s health issues, gender discrimination issues, etc.] even though they don’t personally face these issues and often times are out-of-touch with the reality of these challenges. Should men not be allowed to make these types of laws anymore either?” Alas, I didn’t feel like getting into a pointless comments war and so refrained and instead pondered over this incorrect status for the next hour.
The more I thought about it though, the less I wanted to call out his blatant sexism and the more I wanted to encourage those lady reporters to keep on pursuing their goals and fighting for a seat at the table of major sports networks.
Because, here’s the thing, as young girls we’re told that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up. The sad reality is though, we spend many of our most formative years being told that we’re not smart enough, aggressive enough, passionate enough, pretty enough, or talented enough to pursue our goals. We’re told that particular career choices aren’t welcoming to women or that certain industries have poor job prospects for men and women alike. People try to box us into careers that we may not be interested in just because it’s easier than getting out there and making our way into a field that we love.
By the time I finished grappling with this status, it was as if I wanted to go out there and report on weekend sports just to prove to this person that women are more than competent to do so. Now, in all honesty, I am not competent to do so (I love watching sports but by no means can talk on the particulars), but that has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a girl -- it has everything to do with the fact that I am a law student and not a sports aficionado. In fact, if I had listened to all the people who had told me not to go to law school (just like plenty of people probably told these female reporters to stay away from sports broadcasting), I would be three years out of college and kicking myself for not pursuing my interest. It may have been easier to not have to fight my way into a highly diluted legal job market, but I wouldn’t be as passionate as I am about my future career.
At the end of the day, we all have to shut out the haters and do what we do best: follow our dreams, passions, and hearts to the career that, on most days, makes us excited to get out of bed.
It won’t always be easy. The world seems poised to be full of people who will tell you to pursue something else, something easier, but so long as you stand tall in spite of the put-downs, you’ll come out loving yourself more for pursuing an industry that you are passionate about.
So, ladies, let’s stand up together and say, once again, we can be whatever we want to be even though we’re grown ups. Let’s put aside the doubts and criticism and negativity and make the world a better place by following our hearts to the careers that we love. We’re paving the path for the next generation of girls, showing them that no glass ceiling too high, no job market too poor, no industry too unwelcoming will stop us from pursuing our dreams. Let’s get to work, girls!
What career do you want to pursue or have been pursuing? Did anyone ever doubt you? How did you overcome this? Tell us below!
Glenne is a third year law student hailing from NYC, University of Michigan ‘13 grad and Beyonce enthusiast. Currently residing in Korea, her interests include duathlons/triathlons, traveling near and far, documentary films, consuming sugary cereal, watching mid-2000s teen dramas and singing her heart out at Betty Who concerts. You can watch her attempt to navigate Asia and beyond on Instagram @glennefucci.
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