I figured what better to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day than with one of my favorite quotes from Mad Men's Joanie Holloway Harris.
One of my favorite quotes from the show, but also my number one rule in business. It's the one thing I tell any female colleagues, whether they like it, or me, or not:
If you think you're gonna cry at work? Get your ass to the bathroom. Take a walk around the block. Leave the floor. Go sit in the stairwell.
But don't you dare sit at your desk, your office, the boardroom or the breakroom and cry over something work-related. NO.
It's something every girl must learn when first joining the workforce. I've broken it once or twice literally - but that was once or twice too many. That's how it became my number one rule.
You can't expect someone to take you seriously if you're welling up at something they've said. You can't have them look you in the eye with any respect if your bottom lip is quivering. And they'll always have that vision of you sniffling into your tissue. It's weak. It's unacceptable. Do all things to avoid it.
I must say, to this day, it's one of my pet peeves, seeing any female cry at work over something work-related. I've been called inhuman because of it. I've been called a bitch. I've been called a bad example over it.
I don't care. Here's some tissue.
Wipe away the tears, get out there and be strong, dammit!