No one expected me to be who I am.

I’m constantly reminded I’m a woman when people don’t expect me to be a woman. It’s like people don’t expect you to have gotten where you’ve gotten if you’re a successful woman. Pretty girls are supposed to just get a husband and raise kids, not become lesbian lawyers who are focused on school and careers. When I’ve walked into a room of a work event, or the first time I showed up at law school, or at my job, no one expected me to be who I am. But no one would be surprised by a white male’s accomplishments.

Submitted by Anonymous, Edited by Arianne Keegan