Are you one of those women who has found her voice in the last half of life? It happens for so many women who, raised to be "nice" and to not "rock the boat," don't feel free to speak up until a certain age—say, perhaps 50 or older.
If you're one of those, don't worry about lost time. And don't worry about offending. Sometimes the emperor simply has to be told that he has no clothes!
Truth-telling is important work, and it can be done respectfully. "Speak the truth in love." We have heard those words many times. There is a way to do it—and still say the hard words that need to be spoken. Speak from your most authentic place.
We know truth-telling isn't easy, but it's crucial. It often comes with a price tag. When you engage in such work, it's really important to surround yourself with a strong support system. You'll likely face ridicule, criticism and worse when you tell the truth—particularly so if you speak to someone with more power than you have. And it's important to engage in good self-care.
If you have words that are important to speak out, go ahead. Find your voice. Use your voice. Do it with integrity. And take your place alongside huge numbers of women going all the way back in history.