Microsoft’s Karma Chameleon

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s "karma" comments at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference won't die down quietly: Women don’t need to ask for a pay raise because we can trust in meritocracy; the system will treat us fairly. Karma will take care of us. This reminds me of Boy George. Then, I get the giggles. If you’re too young or have better taste than to admit to knowing Boy George and Culture Club’s 1983 smash “Karma Chameleon,” here’s one verse: I’m a man without conviction. I’m a man who doesn’t know. How to … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women: Unpacking Main Street #2

Mainstreet Women Question #1: Tell me a little about where you live, your main street or what you consider main street to be. (Post 2 of 3) “My Main Street, where I thrive, is the village. I want Main Street to be a place where my daughter grows up knowing the mail person, the shop owners; a place where she is friends with the oldest neighbor and the youngest. That’s the Main Street I want and I’m tired of being so divided – I want us to reach out neighbor to neighbor.” (Stefani, MO)   I don’t know about you but I’ve been actively … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women Manifesto for Tolerance: Using Our Power to Make Change Happen

Main Street Question #9:  If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the U.S. immediately, what would you change? (Post 1 of 2. 52 Mainstreet Women in 35 States & DC)                     #1: TOLERANCE:  MAINSTREET WOMEN CHANGE HOW WE TALK, THINK & INTERACT “With my wand I’d make dialogue happen again. I’m so tired of intolerance in so many ways. Can’t we just talk?” (Renata, NE) About 30% of Mainstreet Women voiced sadness and disgust that we’ve seemingly lost the ability to have conversations with one another on … [Read more...]

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