I was never great at following directions or rules. I always tried to rework everything and asked too many questions. It was more why and why not than okay and I accept. I spoke up and disregarded people who told me to “shut up.”

Rules do matter. Guidelines are good. But if they no longer make sense and seem archaic, then speak up and figure out a way to rewrite the rules. For years – centuries- we’ve lived in a country where rules and laws were made and set by a majority of men.

But times change and rules should as well to stay current with the times. They need need revisiting, especially when it comes to protecting women’s rights. The issues are around us. Staying silent will not achieve anything. Speaking out and GALvenizing will, especially when it comes to women’s health, workforce quality and gender equality.

If something does not feel right, confront; don’t conform. Why feel inauthentic when you can become exceptional? Be nosy; ask questions. Be noisy; speak up.

If we don’t GAL-venize, we won’t get anywhere.