I listened closely over the last couple of days at BritMums. There were hundreds of people there - mostly women, mostly bloggers.
I lost count of the number of times I heard someone apologise. Especially on stage.
"Sorry, I'm wearing a tiara"
"Sorry for being emotional"
"Sorry, I'm rubbish at public speaking"
"Sorry to ask you all to be quiet"
"Sorry, I'm just a Mummy blogger"
Why do we feel the need to apologise? Why should we? Is it in built in women to feel inferior, not worthy, like we're being judged?
All the talk of feminism - it's not women, it's men. The system needs to change, working conditions need to change, everything needs to change.
Surely the most important change of all, is the one that's within all of us.
Acceptance of our thoughts, of our capabilities and most importantly, of the fact that we're all unique and brilliant.
Every single person I have spoken to, or heard speak over the last couple of days was amazing. From the famous people on stage, to the not so famous nervous voices. From the loud questioning types, to the people who went to the stage with an off the record question. The quiet people sitting on their own, the groups drinking wine (loudly). All of them. You.
You are all strong, talented women. You have a voice, and it counts. The doubts, the anxiety, the lack of confidence is within you. Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's real.
You are absolutely. Unconditionally. Amazing.