What Can Google Tell Us About the Status of Women?

What Can Google Tell Us About the Status of Women?
Ads for high-income jobs are shown more often to men than women. Arrest records are more likely to show up in searches for distinctively “black” sounding names. Predatory loans are marketing more heavily to low-income individuals. And apparently the highest-ranking female CEO is Barbie…as in the doll. At least that’s the conclusion one must draw from a quick Google search for CEO. After 26 pictures of predominantly white men portraying what the American public has concluded is the image of ... Read more
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Leadership Lessons From Taylor Swift

Leadership Lessons From Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has been ruling the charts ever since she burst onto the music scene in 2006. She’s sold over 40 million albums, 130 million single downloads, and has been one of the top-selling artists of all time worldwide. She’s become a force in her own right, not only penning infectious country and pop tunes, but also maintaining intellectual and creative control over her persona and brand. Love her or hate her, we can all learn something from the way she has crafted an incredible career ... Read more
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Traveling Men

Traveling Men
I’ve been traveling a good deal lately and I’ve been struck by the differences between many men and women when it comes to their behavior. It first caught my attention on a long flight across the country. There was some turbulence and the pilot turned on the fasten seat belt sign. The flight attendant followed this alert with an announcement for us to stay in our seats until we passed through the bumpy air. Fifteen minutes passed and a woman across the aisle from me passively asked the ... Read more
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“Or” is Not a Question

“Or” is Not a Question
Lately I’ve been noticing a pattern in meetings. Women speak up to offer their thoughts and speak eloquently about an issue on which they are clearly well versed, however they end their statement with a very simple word that destroys everything they just said. They add “or” at the end of a sentence and say it in a way that makes it a question. They often say it more slowly and with added emphasis so it sounds like “oorrrr?” It may involve raised eyebrows and a pleading gaze towards others ... Read more
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The Reality of Microaggression

The Reality of Microaggression
A microaggression is, in theory, a form of unintended discrimination. Many people, including people of color, women, and other underrepresented groups, might argue that microaggressions are sometimes more insidious. The aggressor may truly not know the impact of their words, but sometimes it’s more cunning and manipulative. Microaggressions are often best understood when they are perpetrated against people of color because it happens so often. These include when someone is asked where they ... Read more
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Happy Equal Pay Day! The 78 Percent Holiday.

Happy Equal Pay Day! The 78 Percent Holiday.
April 14, 2015 is an important date for the progression of women in the workforce, if not a particularly joyous occasion. This date symbolizes the number of days that the average female employee must work to earn what her male colleagues earned in the last calendar year. That means that women must work over three months longer in order to bring home the paycheck amount that their male counterparts saw at the end of last year. Women have certainly made progress in the workforce. President ... Read more
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Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net

Frances Perkins: The Architect of our Social Safety Net
Frances Perkins was the first female member of a Presidential cabinet in the United States and today is the 135th anniversary of her birth. She served as Secretary for Labor from 1933 to 1945 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A social worker by training, Perkins was a staunch advocate for workers’ rights and was the chief architect of New Deal legislation including the Social Security Act. She chaired the President’s Committee on Economic Security in 1934 and was relentless in her ... Read more
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A Frog a Day Takes the Procrastination Away

A Frog a Day Takes the Procrastination Away
Mark Twain once advised to “eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This may seem like a strange sentiment but it can unlock significant productivity power in your work day. I actually have a sign in my office reminding me to eat the frog, and I’m constantly questioned about it’s meaning. We all have frogs—those things we simply dread doing. Frogs are the items on your to-do list that make you cringe. They must get done although ... Read more
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Just Breathe.

Just Breathe.
I have a secret weapon in the fight against the inevitable stress that we all face at work and in our personal lives. This strategy has helped me to stay calm in tense situations, allowed me to think clearly during chaotic moments, and address challenges that have felt overwhelming. It has helped me clear my head, overcome writer’s block, speak publicly, and it even helps to alleviate physical pain like headaches or neck tension. It’s completely free and just requires a bit of practice. ... Read more
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Words Left Unsaid

Words Left Unsaid
When I got married, Betsy (co-founder of Start Smart Career Center) gave me a piece of advice that I cherish because it has proven to be invaluable. She told me that the words I choose not to say to my husband are just as important as the words I do say to him. I could not have possibly appreciated the gravity of that statement at the time, but over five years later it is a motto I’ve come to live by in every aspect of my life. This concept may be easiest to understand in regards to ... Read more
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