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The scarcity mindset

Hi friends,

The "mean girl" stereotype in sports isn't just a cliché; it's a reality many women still face. This attitude often stems from a scarcity mindset — the belief that opportunities for women are so limited that females must compete against each other rather than work together. This mindset breeds unhealthy competition, jealousy, and a lack of support within teams and organizations. 

But let’s dig a bit deeper. Why is this scarcity mindset so prevalent? Several factors contribute to this:

  1. Historical Inequality: For decades, women in sports have had to fight for access, opportunities, and recognition. This history of struggle has ingrained a sense of competition, as every opportunity seemed hard-won and fleeting in nature.

  2. Media Portrayal: The media often pit women against each other, highlighting rivalries and conflicts rather than camaraderie and teamwork. (We even see it with female athletes!) This portrayal reinforces the idea that women must compete to succeed.

  3. Cultural Norms: Societal expectations and gender norms have long dictated that women should compete for limited roles in both professional and personal arenas. Unfortunately, we have witnessed this competition spill over into the sports industry firsthand.

However, it's 2024, and it's time to say goodbye to the "mean girl" mindset. The truth is, there’s enough room for all of us to succeed. Here are a few ways we can break free from this outdated mindset and foster a more supportive environment:

  1. Celebrate each other’s successes: Instead of viewing a teammate’s success as a threat, see it as a victory for all women in sports. When one woman succeeds, it paves the way for others to follow. Celebrate these victories and be genuinely happy for your peers!

  2. Build a strong network: The people you surround yourself with are important, as they help shape your beliefs and experiences. Create a network of women who support and uplift each other. This can be through formal mentorship programs, informal support groups, or online communities. A strong network can provide encouragement, advice, and opportunities.

  3. Promote collaboration over competition: Encourage collaboration both in and out of the office.  Share resources, knowledge, and opportunities. By working together, we can achieve more than we ever could alone. Collaboration fosters a learning environment where individuals can leverage each other's strengths and experiences. This collective effort not only enhances problem-solving and creativity but also accelerates personal and professional growth, leading to greater overall success.

  4. Challenge the stereotype: Actively challenge the "mean girl" stereotype when you see it. Promote positive role models who exemplify teamwork, kindness, and support.

  5. Educate and advocate: Education is key to changing mindsets. Advocate for workshops that and trainings that promote gender equality in sports. Awareness is the first step towards change!

Moving Forward

The world of sports has made significant strides in recent years, but there is still work to be done. By addressing the scarcity mindset and supporting one another, we can create an environment where women thrive - not in spite of each other but because of each other! I can honestly say that Meghan has always been one of my greatest supporters. We regularly celebrate each other's successes, help build our networks through meaningful connections, and hold each other accountable for our mistakes in a constructive manner. Most importantly, our friendship always remains our top priority!

So, find your Meghan, find your supporters, and surround yourself with people who will lift you up! Let's make this the year we break free from the "mean girl" stereotype, celebrate our successes, and work together to create a future where every woman in sports has the opportunity to shine. And always remember, you're awesome and you belong here.

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