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Big Girls Do(n’t) Cry?

Janet Walkow

This year’s Olympic coverage has a strange twist and a different feel. Turning on the news after the US “Fab 5” won the gymnastics team gold, the media quickly turned their focus to the other competitors, sitting on the sideline crying. The reporters were celebrating the US victory as well as how they crushed the other girls to the point … Continue reading

Feeling like ‘Other’

Christine Jacobs

One of my favorite passages in Jane Austen’s, Persuasion, comes late in the book as Anne Elliot is debating the strength of men’s and women’s feeling with Captain Harville.  He states: “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy.  Songs and proverb all talk of women’s fickleness.  … Continue reading

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Christine Jacobs

It has happened to most of the women I know in business.  You are in a meeting and you toss out a fabulous idea.  And you are ignored.  The conversation proceeds for a while; then a male colleague suggests the same or almost the same concept.  The room erupts with “Great idea, Tom!” You stew.  “Did they not hear me?  … Continue reading

Dual Career Dilemmas

Janet Walkow

I recently rendezvoused with a 20-something friend, Eileen, who lives in Washington, DC. Our conversation are always energizing as we exchange personal and professional updates and talk about what each of us are striving to achieve. Eileen is finishing up a 2-year gig and will be applying to graduate programs in various geographic hubs. Why? Her significant other, who lives … Continue reading

A Promotion

Christine Jacobs

…from “OLD FEMINIST” to “BAD ASS“ Several years ago I had an unnerving conversation with my then college aged daughter and several of her contemporaries.  They had heard a recent campus speaker define old feminists as those of my age bracket who wanted to talk about the advancement of gender equality in our lifetime.  Sure enough, I had recently heard … Continue reading

Ducks Pick Ducks

Christine Jacobs

… Promotion Mystery Solved Over the course of my long career I have seen many women hit the glass ceiling and they are always surprised.  They have been promoted, treated well and told that they were on the fast track.  And then, somehow and for some reason, they do not break through to the next level. Why Women aren’t Moving … Continue reading

Politics

Christine Jacobs

 Why you should care Voting is a very personal thing.  Individually we have issues we do not know enough about to care and those which are our personal litmus tests.  For example, when debating between two candidates who seem to each have pluses and minuses, I have a friend who uses taxes as the tie breaker.  Who will cost her … Continue reading

Finding Fault With Ourselves

Christine Jacobs

“Women, even at the highest levels of professional accomplishment, are significantly less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to run for elective office. –Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to consider themselves “qualified” to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to express a willingness … Continue reading

I Am Only One Person

Christine Jacobs

…so everything has to be consistent I have long felt the need to integrate a sense of ‘me’ into my whole life.  For many years I worked long hours running pharmaceutical production facilities and power plants.  And, I was the single mother to three wonderful, but demanding, offspring.  How did I get everything done? First, my children might question that … Continue reading

(Re)Model Behavior

Janet Walkow

In an earlier post, Tolerating Bad Behavior, LWP Chris describes how men in powerful positions have the ability to control and manipulate women and get away with it. The lingering question is: how can women address this sort of behavior and maintain/regain control of themselves and their environment? Time to Model Good Behavior I’ve been enjoying this year’s selection of … Continue reading