I've been there myself. I remember once being told I couldn't get a promotion because my peers weren't moving at the same pace as I was and I couldn't be promoted in isolation (I kid you not - that was actually what I was told!) A couple of weeks later, one of those peers got the promotion I had asked for ..... So if you're one of the many who missed out this year, I feel your feels.
As a female leader, do we have to be hard on the outside and soft on the inside? Or are you more like a pearl: a rare, fine, admirable and valuable gemstones and object of beauty which we have celebrated for centuries?