Marian Cartwright

I am passionate about helping women make the most of their skills and talents in the workplace, as well as encouraging them to ask for what they want and deserve. Creating Ask Ajna with Jae Lynn has been a labor of love and if we can help women find their authentic voice and support one another, we will build a community of change.

Women in technology – Empowering the next generation

Women in technology – Empowering the next generation

There are few women in technology is the message we have been getting.  Would you believe that a young female movie star invented spectrum radio, the technology that made the wireless phone possible in 1942?  Meet Hedy Lamarr, the glamorous Hollywood starlet, who was born in Austria in 1914 and started her film career after meeting Louie B. Mayer in London.  According to Wikipedia,  “In Holl ...[Read More]

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You . . . Thankful

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You . . . Thankful

With Thanksgiving Day a great time to reflect and count your blessings, I started to reflect on situations that I have experienced over the last year that were tough, yet they were also times I learned more about myself and what I was capable of. So in the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude, here are my top five “learning opportunities” I am grateful for from 2013. 1. Sudden disruption of plans ...[Read More]

The Working Women of the CIA

The Working Women of the CIA

In which Federal Government agency do working women hold 62% of the top jobs?  Department of Education?  How about Energy?  Maybe the FBI?  Would you believe it’s the Central Intelligence Agency?  Yes, the CIA has recognized that women have the right stuff, even if movies and fiction historically haven’t recognized it.  According to an Ann Curry interview with the CIA, 5 of the 8 top p ...[Read More]

Movie Ratings for Gender Bias – How To Get an “A” Rating

Movie Ratings for Gender Bias – How To Get an “A” Rating

As the holiday movie season ramps up, we can rest assure that we will be told how appropriate (or inappropriate) a movie is for our kids, but what about giving us a heads-up on gender bias?  Swedish cinemas have just launched a gender bias movie rating.  We might want to think about it here in the US. According to USA Today, “To get an “A” rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechde ...[Read More]

Do You Power Pose?

Do You Power Pose?

What does your body language say about how powerful you are – Do you Power Pose?  Do you stand tall and show up when you walk into a meeting?  Do you sit in the corner, your hands in your lap, your chin tucked in, your shoulders hunched?  There has been much research around body language, but last year I saw Ann Cuddy’s TED talk that addresses not so much what our body language say to ...[Read More]

Ending Pay Inequity – At Least in Boston

Ending Pay Inequity – At Least in Boston

The chances of getting Congress to make pay inequity between the genders a thing of the past is close to zero right now. Since  the Federal government isn’t going to act,  Thomas M. Menino, the mayor of Boston, MA has taken up the challenge.   In a Boston Globe article on October 31st, Mayor Mernino is planning to announce this week that Boston has a plan to “eliminate wage disparities between men ...[Read More]

Saudi Women Drive – Now Let’s Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Saudi Women Drive – Now Let’s Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

We take many things for granted here in the United States, like driving our cars and having choices about the cloths we ware. We look at countries like Saudi Arabia and roll our eyes at the lack of freedom they have. Yet there are countries that can't believe we don't have many of the rights they take for granted, like paid maternity leave and access to affordable healthcare.

Courage, Compassion, and Connection: How The Women in the Senate Moved the Unmovable

Courage, Compassion, and Connection: How The Women in the Senate Moved the Unmovable

I started Oprah and Brene’ Brown’s Life Class eCourse Sunday morning and I thought it went well with the topic I had chosen for my blog this week:  Courage, Compassion and Connection – Tools for a Wholehearted Journey.  Last week we saw how important that was when 20 women in the Senate broke the stalemate created by the last few years of bickering in Congress. The women in the Senate had created ...[Read More]

Girl Power: Malala Yousatzai and the International Day of the Girl

Girl Power: Malala Yousatzai and the International Day of the Girl

It just so happens that there is a girl who has been in the news a lot this past week. She’s not a pop star, or a model, yet she was able to stun Jon Stewart speechless the other evening on The Daily Show. She didn’t do it by twerking or providing scandalous gossip, but by answering a question with a stunningly simple answer.  The girl was Malala Yousatzai, the 16-year-old Pakastani who surv ...[Read More]

What’s Your Legacy? – You’re Never Too Old to Follow Your Dreams

What’s Your Legacy? – You’re Never Too Old to Follow Your Dreams

What’s your legacy?  What kind of legacy have you created so far?  What would you like your legacy to be? Did you ever want to be an artist? Or sing in a band? Or drive a race car? Most of us  dream of exotic intoxicating careers that we want to do before we call it quits. At the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be a musician in a band, traveling the country and playing gigs to thousands of peop ...[Read More]