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"WE CAN DO IT"

Donatella Tufa

Sometimes, in dark moments, women forget the inner power that makes them that precious person they are. Stress, anxiety, daily problems are just a few between all the factors that can engrave on our mind condition and reduce our self-confidence. Especially in a period like the one we are living, when everything seems to take a different value and what we had defined as obvious in the past now looks unpriceable, we have to remind ourselves that “we can do it”. 


At the age of 24, Federica Segato expires around 16,000 women every day. She founded Career Leadhers, a community that helps women of different ages and professions to achieve themselves in the world of work and is now ranked in the “Building Success Together” Under 30 list by Forbes. 


In her community she once talked about Sheryl Sandberg, current COO of Facebook and defined as one of the most powerful women in the world. Sheryl was born in 1969 in Washington, graduated at Harvard with honors, worked at the World Bank and in 2000 joined Google where she worked for 7 years. In 2007 she met Zuckerberg and together they discussed how to make Facebook a profitable business. After a series of meetings Zuckerberg offered Sheryl the role of COO. Sheryl accepted and, within 2 years, achieved the goal of finding a business model for Facebook, introducing the adverts. In 2013 she published the book "Lean In": from here the non-profit association of the same name was born with the aim of encouraging female leadership. In 2015 there was a huge tragedy: after 11 years of marriage, the husband died at 48. Following this event, Sheryl saw her self-esteem undermined and no longer felt able to do her job. In 2017 she wrote a book where she tells of her mourning and how resilience has been decisive in being able to face it.


You can also read about Mary Barra, who was born in Michigan in 1961 and at the age of 53 became CEO of General Motors. At 18 she paid for her studies on the General Motors assembly line and completing them, she returned to work in the company. Her growth was fast and constant: she covered various technical and administrative roles. In 2009 she was appointed Head of HR. One of the first changes made by Mary was to reduce the dress code from 10 pages to 4 words: "dress appropriately". Her climb continued and in 2014 she was appointed CEO. A few days after the appointment, she faced a disaster: 124 people died from defective ignition switches. Mary, who had been made aware of these defects only a month before her appointment, was called to testify before the Senate. Following the event, Mary made a radical change in General Motors and introduced new policies that encourage workers to report any problems. This regains customer trust. Today Mary Barra is one of the most powerful women in the world.


The examples are endless: women who have had the courage to go ahead, sacrifice themselves and fight to achieve their goals. All of them represent a great metaphor: with strength and sacrifice you can always reach your goals, even when the world seems to turn on the wrong side. We are always the one who makes the difference in our life.