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This story first appeared on the author's Medium and is reprinted here with permission.

Because you're a girl.

I was promoted a few weeks ago, which was great. I got a lot of nice notes from friends, family, customers, partners, and random strangers, which was exciting.

But it wasn't long until a note came in saying, “Everyone knows you got the position because you're a girl." In spite of having a great week at a great company with great people whom I love, that still stung, because it's not the first time I've heard it.

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Ever feel like you have to be in control of every aspect of your life all day every day, and when you're not, it's like the world's crumbling around you?

Trying to live up to all the expectations placed on women is pretty much an impossible way to live, yet so many of us strive to achieve it. Why? It's a symptom of living in an unequal world where men have a leg up in their careers simply because of their gender.

Along with (and perhaps partially as a result of) this pressure to be so many things at once, women are twice as likely to experience an anxiety disorder between puberty and age 50.

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Family

How I found my life's passion by asking myself these ridiculous questions.

'What's your favorite flavor of shit sandwich, and does it come with an olive?'

One day, when my brother was 18, he waltzed into the living room and proudly announced to my mother and me that one day he was going to be a senator.

My mom probably gave him the “That’s nice, dear,” treatment while I’m sure I was distracted by a bowl of Cheerios or something.

Photo via iStock.

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