Gender stereotypes affect and limit everyone. As women, we’re often told we’re either not enough or too much of something – ‘too emotional’, ‘too loud’, ‘too bossy’, ‘too prudish’, ‘too fat’, ‘too thin’, ‘too opinionated’… the list goes on.
‘A big part of strength is knowing who you are as a person and being really sure of that, no matter what that is. It took me the best part of 29 years to figure that out and I’m still figuring it out.’
Betty Amsden got her first job at 16 and announced to her parents she was, from that point on, independent.
‘People don’t look at me and think I can do drilling. People don’t look at me and think I’m a great race car designer, right? People don’t look at people like me and automatically think I can do anything.’
‘After having this feeling for 29 and a half years there was something ‘wrong with me’… oh hang on no, it’s just that I’m a bit different to what people expected.'