Originally published on The Huffington Post Blog. Be Numberless was created to change society’s perception of and focus on what an age number means. It is NOT based on hiding your age. Rather, it encourages us to be proud of the years we have lived in this world and of all of our accomplishments.
Sadly, though, society does not view age in a kind manner. I can list tons of examples of how women of age are being cruelly treated and are being forced to hide their age because they are afraid of being discarded like a broken object. Many are not getting jobs and they are constantly being criticized for how they act and dress. What I find detrimental to our evolution and growth as professionals is that society does not compliment or encourage women—young or old—who fight for their dreams. Instead, so many obstacles are created that women become scared of reaching for their dreams, defaulting to whatever age timeline society has determined they follow.
Since its launch, the #BeNumberless Movement is resounding with women across the globe. I am grateful to those extraordinarily kind and remarkable women who are supporting it, such as Arianna Huffington. She not only invited me to share my voice on The Huffington Post blog, but she sent out a tweet to be viewed by her 2.34MM followers.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 2, 2016
I am also extremely proud to share the support of beloved actress, singer and activist Rosario Dawson, who echoes the movement with powerful and beautiful eloquence. “Let us be our humanity, NOT a number” quote Rosario Dawson. As the Rising Star of Social Media Honoree of 2015 National Puerto Rican Day NYC Parade, I had the privilege to attend this year as a volunteer and meet Rosario, who was named 2016 Queen!
Last but not least, I have been receiving compelling stories of people like you and me who identify with the movement because they have been subject to society’s cruelty regarding their age. You wouldn’t think that women who are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are facing this discrimination, but they are. Everyday!!!
For example, entrepreneur Violet Alexandre, who connected with me and the#BeNumberless Movement through the power of social media, dealt with age-related adversity when she was a teenager. Now in her 30s, she entered college when she was just 16 years old and was forced to hide her young age in order to fit in. While professors and adults praised her age, her peers judged her for it. Moving into a male dominated work environment at the age of 20, she was judged for both her age and her sex, but she overcame those obstacles learning how to use her age as motivation to be unstoppable and achieve her goals along the way. Violet is the proud founder of FABRIQ, a Personal “Safety as a Service” Platform that integrates into apps, wearable and devices to empower individuals, their loved ones and communities to prevent, act and respond to personal safety concerns in meaningful ways.
If women who are so young are struggling with this injustice regarding their age, can you imagine how detrimental it is for women who are 50+ and are being stopped in their tracks because their age number is “too high”? Society needs to recognize how full of vitality these women are, how ready they are to empower others, but right now, SOCIETY says NO.
You can read Violet’s full story, along with other amazing women from 20 to 40 years old, in the new Be Numberless section of webcitygirls.com in the Girls Share category. Please visit to read the amazing stories of women I have met through the power of connectivity of social media, who are living Numberless and Ageless around the world.