Today on Headline News, there were University women selling cookies. 77 cents for women and $1.00 for men. They were raising awareness for gender equality. One of the women spoke about how women are conditioned to be more submissive. Through many years as a voice teacher/actress, I have noticed that when women speak, we tend to speak in a higher, softer range. That pitch difference makes our voices more pleasing to men. We are perceived as being assertive or aggressive or a “bitch.” Training women to speak or sing more in their lower range can get that reaction from men. But to many of us when we do speak or sing from that lower chest tone, we have more power. we are more grounded. Owning that voice with stillness can be a force to be reckon with. Women deserve equality in pay and positions. Women should never be afraid to speak or sing their truth.