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Sixth & I

Sorry, Not Sorry

For women in their 20s and 30s

Sep 28, 2016 • 7:00 pm ET
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Studies show that women apologize more than men. But why? Is it warranted or does it undermine women’s presence and authority? Much has been written about the topic.

There are calls for women to stop apologizing. As author and past Sixth & I guest Sloane Crosley declares in her New York Times Op-Ed, “Why Women Apologize and Should Stop,” – “It’s not what we’re saying that’s the problem, it’s what we’re not saying. The sorrys are taking up airtime that should be used for making logical, declarative statements, expressing opinions and relaying accurate impressions of what we want.”

A recent Atlantic article, “The Power of Casual Gratitude,” explores how interactions play out when substituting “thank you” for “sorry.”

Approaching the High Holidays, a time when we ask for forgiveness, Rabbi Suzy leads an interactive conversation about when women should be sorry, or not sorry, and what Jewish texts on this topic can add to our modern understanding of being a woman.