I was procrastinating a few weeks ago and archiving old personal emails, and I found an old one from a good friend, noting that she had just been appointed to a Women’s Leadership Council at the office and wanted to pick my brain for ideas. I’ve seen her several times since then (a lot, actually!) and it never came up, so even though the email was several years old I wrote back and said HEY, how is/was this women’s leadership thing? She wrote back quickly, laughing about how it had been awful, plagued by drama and bad leadership, and she bowed out when some family needs became more pressing. Then I started thinking about how the story of her women’s leadership group was… not that unusual. Kind of common, actually.