Lynn Bromley

A fresh voice on gender politics and justice

A fresh voice on gender politics and justice

This journey has led me to ask...

What if we let go of the need to be chronically extraordinary?

Imagine if you strived for good enough instead of extraordinary.
Just reading it may make you feel uncomfortable.
The current version of empowerment for women is a dangerous myth

“You’re not like other girls.”

We’ve all heard this at one point or another.

It’s a back-handed compliment meant to lure us into believing that we succeed because we’re unique. If we reach a level of success, it’s because most women don’t have the tenacity, grit, assurance that we do.

And, of course, many of us have swallowed the myth that there is not enough room for “our kind.”

We run the risk of being replaced if we somehow manage to climb the ladder of success. So, we keep our head down and refrain from encouraging other women from stepping up.

It’s considered countercultural for women to help each other.

The reality is this…

If you’re feeling unsupported, frustrated, skeptical, or hopeless… you share the same sentiments of the “other girls” you’re told you’re nothing like.

We’re not only exhausted.

We’re Overlooked and Underrepresented.

it’s ingrained in us. in our society. in our womenhood.

We’re pressured to not only be present and commit to everything – but to be the best at everything.

To be extra.

All women share in the gender disparity: bullied by a system that is rigged to deter our success.

It's time for us to band together in:

The Fight for Visibility

Whatever brought you here, congratulations - you’re on the path.

  • To see and be seen by other women
  • To help you desert extraordinary-ism and false empowerment
  • To find the road less traveled

A Path to Sisterhood.

Sisterhood goes against the status quo.

It requires the need to be willing to step up and act outside of society’s norms.

Give yourself the grace to feel clumsy or awkward.

Save your extraordinary work for things that resonate with your passion and your spirit. Those guilty pleasures that bring you comfort, joy, and abundance.

For most of my life and all of my career, I have been, as Gina Glantz calls it, a Gender Avenger:

  • an activist
  • an evangelist
  • a radical

Impatiently dedicated to, advocating for, and demanding the equity and justice that women are yet to fully experience.

Gains have been made. But it is profoundly disappointing that in the twenty-first century, when women hold the majority in the population, we’re still largely invisible in policy and design and remain a stubborn minority in places of power and influence.

This fight for visibility has led me to push toward chronic extraordinary-ism. But as I contemplate the sisterhood that I advocate for, I understand the flaw in my binary thinking and doing.

“Give in or fight like hell”
“Go along or stand out”
“Agree or disagree”
“Conform or be alone”

These were the choices I thought were available to me.

“If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem” has a ring of truth in it, but it misses the critical point:

How do we live a joyous life on the way to justice?

We become visible.

Visible to our sisters, visible to ourselves,
and through that, visible to the world.

Visible to our sisters,
visible to ourselves,
and through that,
visible to the world.

Storyline

  • 1994 - 2000

    Chair | Women in Trades and Technology Coalition | 1994 - 2000

  • 1999 - 2010

    Exec. Comm. and Board Member | Jobs for Maine’s Graduates | 1999 – 2010

  • 1999

    Annual Award for advancing economic equity for women & girls | Maine Women’s Fund | 1999

  • 2000 - 2008

    As Maine State Senator, authored and passed the state’s largest Research and Development Bond to support innovation and economic development.

  • 2002 - 2007

    Co-Chair | Maine Economic Growth Council | 2002 – 2007

  • 2003

    Legislator of the Year Award | National Assn. of Social Workers, Maine Chapter | 2003

  • 2005

    Government Services Award | Maine Merchant’s Assn. | 2005

  • 2007

    State Director’s Award for Excellence | Maine Small Business Development Center | 2007

  • 2007

    Adjunct Faculty Member | Boston College, Graduate School of Social Work | Boston, MA | Taught “Basic Macro Skills” with a focus on community organizing, social policy, planning and administration

  • 2010 - 2017

    Obama Administration Appointee - As Small Business Advocate for New England Region; co-led SBA Office of Advocacy’s Innovation Initiative to discover barriers, best practices, and big ideas in innovation policy 2010 - 2017

  • 2016

    Women in FinTech Power List | Innovative Finance | London, UK | 2016

  • 2017

    Founded The Fintech Advocate | South Portland, ME | Promoting financial technology (fintech) innovation as a small business enablement strategy

  • 2019 - present

    Board Member | First State Fintech Lab | Wilmington, DE | Feb. 2019- present

  • 2019

    Judge 2020 Fintech accelerator cohort | MassChallenge |Boston, MA | Oct.2019

  • 2019

    Authored chapter in The RegTech Book – Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries in Regulation, Barberis, Arner, Buckley | Sept. 2019

  • 2021

    Jury member 2021 | North Atlantic Health Hackathon | Faroe Island/Scotland

  • 2021

    Trustee | appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate to Loring Development Authority Feb. 2021 -present

  • 2021

    Curated first North Atlantic Health Hackathon - a partnership between MaineHealth and NORA (the North Atlantic Cooperative)

...we cannot wait for justice to thrive; we must nourish ourselves and each other along the path.

Lynn Bromley

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Lynn Bromley - On The Path To Justice

On the path to justice

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Isn’t it time we drop the pretense that we can “have it all”? For centuries women have strived to be extraordinary, but perhaps it is time to awaken to the truth of what really impedes our progress – what keeps us feeling exhausted, overworked and perpetually dissatisfied.

In this brilliant, insightful book, Lynn Bromley charts the ongoing systemic cycle that continues to overburden and oppress women, and she issues a clear clarion call that it is not women who must change, but the messages and controls within the system. Her brilliant and timely solution - the sisterhood – is at once arresting and applicable to women everywhere.

Alive with personal accounts, stories from the front lines of politics, social work, and decades of womanhood. Bromley whisks you through a clear and eye-opening argument for why women do not need to be empowered as much as they need to be unencumbered.

Assertive, bold, and inspiring, On the Path to Justice is the manifesto our foremothers long dreamed of, and the necessary battle cry that younger generations desperately need to hear.

"There is no easy remedy for systemic injustice and long-established inequity, But we cannot wait for justice to thrive. we must nourish ourselves and each other along the path."

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