I am on a new, cross-functional team this year. I've been tasked with making the team more innovative, collaborative, and forward-thinking. I've gotten a lot of support from male allies (yes!!!), but recently shared some work with two women my age and they completely tore it apart. I felt that their reaction was fear-based, a "back off" attitude, and "we are above you". The entire meeting spiraled from a positive conversation to a "get back in line" situation.
I left the meeting nearly in tears, and am having a hard time shaking it. I know I have a lot to offer and have had support from the managers of these two women. I feel really defeated. I try to lead by example and lift my colleagues up. I was flabbergasted by some of their comments about how "they are above me" and I need to go back to "their way of doing things".
I know I have so much to offer, and I just feel like I've been bullied. What should my next steps be? I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I feel betrayed and also unsure what I should do. next. Typically, I tend to back off, but I am feeling really unsettled and disturbed by how insensitive their comments were.
Would really appreciate some feedback <3