“I worry that it allows investors to see founders who are women as a separate class from the rest of the founders. I worry it allows investors to write women founders smaller checks. I do believe that women need to help inspire other women but also that identity can be used as labels to separate us.”
“It gave a purpose to some of the things that I was feeling instead of basically complaining and it doesn’t go anywhere. At least you can focus on things instead of internalizing it,” Mr. Allison said. “I think as men we have a tendency to internalize a lot of things and it puts some people over the edge, where they may do something to harm themselves and harm others.”
However often she finds herself the only woman in the room, she says she has had no #MeToo moments. The sexism in Washington, she said, was far more pronounced than anything she has seen around football fields, though she acknowledges her family name may have protected her. But that connection can exacerbate other insecurities. “My bigger struggle in my career has been to prove myself as an individual mind and not ‘You’re daddy’s daughter and that’s why you’re there,’” she said. She is not sure her brothers face the same scrutiny. “It’s harder for me because I am a woman. And because this is football.”