Women in entertainment, tech tell young girls: You don't have to be perfect

CNET | 6/24/2019 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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From left to right, Trisha Yearwood, Rebecca Covington Webber, Sarah Lacy, Phuong Phillips and Krystal Bowen, privacy and investigations lead at Zynga.

If there's one thing country singer Trisha Yearwood wants young girls to think of when they see her, it's that she's just a normal person with a not-so-normal job.

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"I have all the same doubts, fears, anxiety, good days and bad days that they do," Yearwood said. "We all have so much more in common than we do differences."

Yearwood spoke at Zynga's Women in Entertainment panel on Monday, along with actress and Hamilton star Rebecca Covington Webber, journalist and entrepreneur Sarah Lacy, and Zynga's chief legal officer, Phuong Phillips. The women spoke about attaining gender equality, diversity and inclusion in entertainment and tech.

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Yearwood opened by discussing her latest single, Every Girl in This Town, which touches on the idea that it's OK if you aren't on your A game all the time.

"It's OK to be who you are, and whatever that looks like for you is OK," she said.

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Lacy echoed those sentiments, adding that women are held to a different standard than men when it comes to making mistakes. When someone like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick mess up, people make excuses for them, she said. But when someone like Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes gets in trouble, "we have 16 movies about it," she laughed.

"One of the taxes that women pay, especially in the corporate world and especially in tech, is we have to be more perfect," Lacy said. "If we can get away from women feeling like they have to be perfect in order to have a shot at equality, what a favor to do to the next generation."

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