I have a mouth on me. I find it helps to realize all the ways I’ve been silenced to find the bravery to speak up. Women (or any repressed minority), do some research and find disgusting statistics on how much airtime we get – on screen, at a work meeting, at a cocktail party. And realize you speaking up is more than a selfish act, it is a courageous one that opens the door for other women’s voices. You speaking up is a courageous act that opens the door for other women's voices. Click To TweetAnd remember one of the silencers is a fear that you have to be perfect to speak up, or a fear that you have to be “twice as good as the other guy” to stick your neck out and throw your hat in the ring. It’s a sneaky way our voices are policed – it becomes self-policing if you are not vigilant about rooting it out, and not letting it touch you. I’m not totally kidding when I say I have a mouth on me. It’s in part my saucy rebellion quip, in part a revelatory discovery: I have a mouth.