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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]

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]

Hello Dolly! A Legend and Inspiration for Women

Hello Dolly!  A Legend and Inspiration for Women

If you go beyond the country thang and look behind the hair, the make-up and “the girls,” you’ll find Dolly Parton – a legend, an extraordinary business woman and an inspiration for women. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m a huge Dolly fan, not for her music for her business savvy and the way she’s lived her life.  Parton has been quoted as saying, “You’ll never do a whole lot unless ...[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]

The Path to Women’s Career Success – Game On!

The Path to Women’s Career Success – Game On!

Citi and LinkedIn published the third installment of their Today’s Professional Women survey last week with some encouraging and interesting results.  While the study didn’t address the gender wage gap or the lack of women in senior leader positions, Citi and LinkedIn have revealed a noteworthy path for women’s career success.  Here are findings highlighted in a Business Wire summary of the study ...[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]