TEDx | Paula Stone Williams: I’ve Lived as A Man & A Woman

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“There is no way a well-educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor. There’s no way he can understand it because it’s all he’s ever known, and all he ever will know. And conversely, there’s no way that a woman can understand the full import of that because being a female is all she’s ever known.”

“The more you’re treated as if you don’t know what you’re talking about, the more you begin to question whether or not you do, in fact, know what you’re talking about. I understand a woman’s tendency to doubt herself.”

“Women are looking for men who will honor our uniqueness, who will realize our gifting is not lesser, not weaker, it’s just different. It is in fact more comprehensive, and it’s essential.”

“To the women: … I want you to know, you are far more capable than you realize. You are more powerful than you know. And you reflect the best parts of what it means to be fully human.”

“To the guys: … I do understand. I never knew I had privilege, but I did. And so do you. What can you do? You can believe us? We might, we might have equality, but we don’t have equity. It is not a level playing field. it never has been. You can be part of the solution, by elevating us to equal footing. You uniquely have that power.”

“I think about my brown-skinned daughter, and my brown-skinned daughter-in-law. What do they know that I’m clueless about? What do any of us really know about the shoes in which we have never walked?”

“The call toward authenticity is scared, it’s holy. It’s for the greater good.”

“As I stood to go, he said, ‘Paula…’ [He called me ‘Paula’] ‘I don’t understand this, but I am willing to try.’ … One man willing to give up his power, because he knew what he knew, that he loved his child. And he was willing to do whatever it takes to honor the journey of another.”

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