Leaders Look Back for Inspiration to Go Forward

We read a lot about how leaders--especially women leaders--need to look forward, to hustle, to keep our feet constantly moving to gain greater equality, more success in the future. Today I'm in-couraging you to stop and look back, and to make it a habit to look back frequently. The reason? There are literally hundreds, likely tens of thousands, of extraordinary women leaders in U.S. (and all nations) past. Unfortunately, women weren't included in our textbooks. The National Women's History Museum  can help. Borrowing from the tagline for the U.S. National Women's History Project, the NWHM Facebook page is "Writing Women Back into History" every single day by highlighting women you've probably never heard of, women leaders who are certain to inspire you to be bolder, more courageous, as you take your next steps forward and support other women to advance too. Did you know that... On August 14, 1922, Lizzie Murphy played first base for the American All-Star game in Boston, becoming the first woman to play in a major-league game. Aviator and nuclear physicist Maggie Gee, born in 1923, was one of only two Chinese-American women in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and … [Read more...]

U.S. Women’s Equality Day

I do not wish [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.” -Mary Wollstonecraft *How many years did it take for women to win the right to vote in the United States? (a) 72 years; (b) 120 years; (c) 20 years; (d) 51 years. What is Women’s Equality Day? At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities. Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been … [Read more...]

Advice for Little Girls on Equal Pay Day

You ought never to ‘sass’ old people unless they ‘sass’ you first.—Mark Twain, Advice to Little Girls (1865) Its Equal Pay Day 2014, a day that looks forward rather than back. Twain advised good little girls that sassing is fine if you’re sassed first – it is time to sass. More advice for little girls on Equal Pay Day: Love yourself. Love the things that make you you. The world can be a tough place, and some of the billions of people out there will try to knock you down. Don’t join them. Do things that make you proud, then take pride in what you do. And in who you are. –Carol Weston, For Girls Only:  Wise Words, Good Advice Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.—Maya Angelou Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.  –Nora Ephron I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends.—Ninny Threadgoode, Fried Green Tomatoes Remember, Wonder Woman doesn't exist. She is fiction, and you are real. So don't emulate Wonder Woman; think about what's wonderful to you instead. Then boldly, audaciously, joyfully, leave the rest behind.” – Debora Spar, … [Read more...]

Inspiring Change: #IWD 2014

International Women's Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change. Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. (http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp) Who Inspires YOU? How Do They Inspire? I'd love to learn who inspires you and how they do it! From a leadership (and let's face it, a human) perspective, to reflect upon the words and deeds that inspire us can catalyze our own strength, action and … [Read more...]

Last Day for Free Download: Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink download the full report here for FREE from January 12th – January 15th. The American family has changed. Today, only one in five families has a homemaker mom and working dad. Two out of three families depend on the wages of working moms who are struggling to balance caregiving and breadwinning." A combination of real women's stories, facts about how American women really live, and potential solutions for making the change, this repot offers valuable food for thought and action. I encourage you to download it today and make time to read the short essays. "The bad news came in the 2013 “State of the World’s Mothers” report. Of the 30 best countries in the world to be a mother, the survey reports that the United States ranks 30th—behind all the countries in Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, and most of the developed world." Sister Joan Chittister Facts & Figures from the Report: One in three women in America are living in poverty or teetering on its brink. That’s 42 million women plus the 28 million children who depend on them. The average woman continues to be paid 77 cents for every dollar the average … [Read more...]

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