12th November 2021

It seems my whole life I've been taunted one way or another by society and by people who judge me because I'm a young woman. Now, I'm not trying to bash anyone here, but I have to live my daily life constantly being judged and having to prove myself to people who have general misconceptions of who I am and what I stand for.

Sexism is real. I see it, I feel it, I LIVE it. Trying to make it as a young woman entrepreneur and realtor in a man's world is harder than anyone could ever imagine. No one (unless you are a woman) can see what it's like to be alone as a woman walking down the street, going to the grocery store, or showing a home. It is absolutely terrifying! I sometimes feel like I'm in shackles because every time I step outside to go to work, or run an errand, I need to bring pepper spray with me and be aware at ALL times. It is exhausting.

I can sit here and write to you all of the instances I've come across while working or walking down the street. All of the times I've been cat called, followed closely, or constantly stared at. I can write about the 6th sense I have developed while walking alone in a park to where I'm able to spot a bunny from a mile away. I can write about the times I've had to turn around and walk back from where I came from while looking back to make sure I wasn't being followed. I can't changed what happened or what will happen I can only learn from it.

I don't feel sorry for myself, but I do pity society. I hear on a daily bases about how my old classmates have to deal with the same thing. I hear horror stories about young woman that makes my heart shatter. Living in a society where I am seen as a "weak" individual because I am a woman is hard enough, but within my career field just makes it ten times worse. I feel as though I have to prove myself to others in everything I do.

I feel privileged to only be taunted as much as I am, for that I know many other woman have it worse than I do. What if I worked in construction? What if I was an engineer or an architect? What if I worked in IT and software development? These are all male dominated fields and I know I'd have it much worse than I do now which saddens my heart.

I can only hope that one day I can walk down the street without having to watch my back. That I can go to a busy place, like downtown Denver, and feel safe alone. I know those are high hopes, but I'd like to first start by making my mark in the real estate industry. I want to prove to myself, and those sexist people, that a young woman in business is much more than what meets the eye. We have a story and past. We have feelings, innovative ideas, something to SAY, and the capability to do much more than sit there and look pretty. We are perceptive and intelligent!

Thank you for reading!


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