I know it’s pretty cliche to say that your mother is the strongest woman you know but how could that not reign true for many individuals? The maternal figures in our lives are the women we always see beyond face value. No makeup, photo filters, or scripted interviews. My mom is the realest glimpse into womanhood that I have apart from my own attempts to navigate such experiences.
I sat with my feelings and I realized: The knee-jerk reaction I’m having to this girl is a direct result of my training. I have been conditioned to mistrust and dislike strong, confident, happy girls and women. We all have. Studies prove that the more powerful, successful, and happy a man becomes, the more people trust and like him. But the more powerful and happy a woman becomes, the less people like and trust her.
Kim Ng made history this month when she was named General Manager for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins: a first for a female and for an Asian American. This isn’t the first First in her storied career.Kim’s career began as a 29 year-old intern for the Chicago White Sox. There she became Assistant Director of Operations. In 1995 she became the youngest person to present a salary arbitration case in Major League Baseball.