[Footsteps] I don’t know why I just got nervous! Women are taught from a young age to be polite. To please others. To not be too loud too bossy or too obtrusive. “Sorry, can I ask you a dumb question?” “Sorry, do you have a sec?” “Sorry, let me scoot over.” “Sorry to bother you again.” “Sorry, you go ahead.” But every time we say “Sorry” when we have
nothing to actually be sorry for, nothing to actually be sorry for, we undermine our worth. It makes our ideas, our questions and our
opinions— hell, the word itself— less valuable. Sorry robs us of power by giving people permission to dismiss us. Sorry, but that word that word but that word has got to go. From now on, I’m not sorry for speaking up. I’m not sorry for having a different opinion. I’m not sorry to ask for what I need. And I’m definitely not sorry definitely not sorry definitely not sorry for taking up space. This International Women’s Day, I pledge I pledge I pledge to stop apologizing for myself. To say what I mean to say what I mean and to help others do the same. Not sorry. Not sorry. Not sorry. Not sorry. [sing song] Not sorry! Not sorry. [Sorry, I burped.] notsorry.com [off screen] …and cut!