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28th January 2021 • She Will Not Be Silenced with Keisha Shields • Keisha Shields
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“This decade is going to be critical, so let’s be mindful and have a plan to navigate through all of these barriers that keep us from leaping to the other side.”

In this episode, I will be talking all about barriers that affect our visibility, especially for women, from the social, emotional, and financial aspects, to why and how those barriers keep us against the position of power and prominence.

Let’s dive into this episode and learn more about our visibility barriers and how to push through them. 

[00:01 - 02:59] Opening Segment

  • I talk about the topic of this week’s episode.
  • Barriers that affect our visibility, especially for women,
  • There are social, emotional, and financial barriers for women to positions of power and prominence.
  • SELFNIFICANCE™: All about understanding the significance of self and all of your experiences you bring to the table 

[03:00 - 10:21] Barriers to Visibility for Women

  • Stigmas and stereotypes
  • It is important to be armed with resources and solutions to eradicate and trailblaze through the stereotypes and stigmas.
  • Isolation
  • Feeling isolated is a barrier to visibility and success.
  •  Get an intentional feel and circle of support.
  • Tokenism 
  • When we allow tokenism, we give a false set of equity and equality that is not in existence.
  • Gender inequality 
  • Gender inequality and also harassment, are barriers. 

[10:22 - 18:39] The Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Escalator

  • The glass ceiling.
  • A barrier that is keeping women from reaching the highest position that they deserve.
  • Many social policies and programs keep women out of the boardroom (company structure, the expectation for women to work part-time, etc.)
  • In terms of finances and support for women, the higher level that you go, the more limited support typically is.
  • This decade is going to be critical, and how you start this decade can affect the way you move and maneuver through it.
  • The glass cliff.
  • Similar to the glass ceiling but more about women in the minority being put in top positions during a crisis where failure is more likely to prevail.
  • The glass escalator.
  •  The idea that a man can have a fast-track in a predominantly women-led company, organization, or industry.


[18:40 - 22:53] Closing Segment

  • Let’s be mindful and have a plan to navigate through all of these barriers, so they won’t keep us from leaping to the other side.
  • Take ownership and push through the barriers.
  • Do not let these barriers be the excuse for not having the visibility that you desire.
  • Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or want to figure out how I can help you; send an email to support@keishashields.com, and check me out on social media @KeishaPShields.
  • Get Free complimentary access to my leadership class, ‘She Will Not Be Silenced.’
  • Head over to  https://keishashields.com/, enter your first name and your email address, then click the box that says “Yes, send me the audio training, please.” 
  • Final words


Tweetable Quotes:

“It is important to be armed with resources and solutions that can help you eradicate and trailblaze through the stereotypes and stigmas.” - Keisha Shields

“This decade is going to be critical, and how you start this decade can affect the way you move and maneuver through it.” - Keisha Shields

“Do not let these barriers be the excuse for not having the visibility that you desire.” - Keisha Shields


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