Re: "Focus on what we say, not how we sound," (opinion, 3-9).
I am grateful for this piece on women's voices by Karrie Zylstra Myton. I don't imagine that it was an easy piece to write, but it touched a chord in me.
A few years ago I began to notice how men, including me, generally spoke up first at meetings and then continued to dominate. For myself, I just assumed that I had the floor because I was so insightful and had such important things to say. The women in the group seemed to prefer to listen.
Then it dawned on me how difficult it is for quieter voices to be heard when louder voices assert themselves. I began to wonder how much wisdom I have missed by failing to provide an opportunity for softer voices to be heard.
I hope Myton's editorial will help me, and perhaps others as well, to remember to notice when women's voices aren't being heard and let them know by my self-restraint that I am hoping to hear what they have to share.