Bravery is not a gendered trait

“Bravery is not a gendered trait.” With the torrent of #metoo, #timesup, and #whyididntreport revelations, I sometimes feel like I’ve heard or seen or experienced it all. But, somehow, I keep getting sucker-punched by truths I feel I should have already known. @carolinembpaul threw one of those punches when she said, “Bravery is not a gendered trait,” on an episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman. My brain knew that was true, but when she said that, I realized my heart hadn’t caught up yet. What truths have you heard lately that knocked the wind out of you?

Bravery is not a gendered trait

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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