Julia- You are far too kind; I'm humbled.. All I accomplished was being proud of myself, addressing it upfront before the rumors could begin, and letting my personality and skills bridge whatever gap their may have been. Bringing game and confidence helps as well- Girls, be proud, be vocal, don't be timid.. I'm no where close to my final package; my voice is not what I want, still need to work on some FFS things- it doesn't matter.. Step up and take part in everything- too many of us just try to blend and not draw attention that would cause angst.
Enjoy what time we have on this earth. break the shell, be proud.