Every now and then I'll read or hear someone say something along the lines of "women aren't nice to each other", "I don't trust women", "women are always in competition with other women", and, of course "women are bitches". And we're all familiar with the concept of mean girls (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mean%20girls).
There probably is a modicum of truth in these sentiments, and sometimes maybe more than a modicum…but I didn't see any of this last week, even though I was in the company of 4000 women, most of whom I didn't know. I attended BlogHer12 (http://www.blogher.com/blogher-12), a conference of mostly women bloggers, and it was pretty amazing on lots of levels: the speakers, the information shared, the camaraderie, and the fun.
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One thing that was amazing for me is that I went at all. I hate conferences. I'm terrible at networking which is one of the things one is expected to do at a conference. I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than walk up to a total stranger and try to start a conversation. And inserting myself into a group of people I don't know? Not gonna happen.
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And that's why I'm so grateful to have attended BlogHer12: I met so many smart and fun and interesting women there, most of whom approached me and introduced themselves…instead of letting me stand there like a mute whose feet were glued to the floor. Most people don't know the introverted side of me. Lots of people just think I'm standoffish. I'm so glad these women saw past that.
Which brings me to the second topic of this blog post. Read more: http://eleanorewells.com/who-says-girls-cant-play-niceand-other-musings/