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25 01, 2016

Can you combine a career, environmentalism, and parenting?

By |January 25th, 2016|career advice, moms, women|1 Comment

As regular readers and members of Ecowomen know, our organizational focus is formed from a Venn diagram of overlapping issue areas: women, careers, and the environment; thus, we post and blog about things covering various combinations of those three. Today, I want to talk about whether and how these aspects of our lives sometimes stop overlapping and start colliding.

We all know that work and parenting can be tough, and careers in the environmental space bring their own sets of challenges, but what happens when you add parenting to the mix? Are there ways in which one or another of these areas suffers?

(We are hoping to get some great stories from everyone in the comments!)

In some ways, having kids seems at first like a magical means for making mini-environmentalists, given that you have so much control over their enculturation and environment. Theoretically… In the early days… Ok never. Can someone explain […]

1 10, 2015

‘Skinterns’, Crop-tops, and Arbitrary Dress Codes: How Young Women are Being ‘Body Policed’ in 2015

By |October 1st, 2015|career advice, women|0 Comments

Two summers ago, Slate contributor Katharine Goldstein made a wave in the blogosphere by offering unasked for ‘matronizing’ advice to the young women who flood Washington D.C. each summer, and I gather, in particular, the offices. I was, as was the blogger I link to above, appalled at the casual sexism on display in what was likely a tossed-off piece, making entertainment from women’s bodies, by one of us. In the couple of years since, it seems there has been an uptick in reportage over incidents where young women and girls are being punished for their clothing choices. This trend culminated for many in a post on Jezebel a few days ago, where an 8 year old was sent home for wearing a shirt in the wrong Pantone number. Oh the horror of wearing 18-5418 instead of the far more decorous 18-5424! I mean, it […]

18 02, 2015

3 Ways to Avoid ‘Manterruptions’

By |February 18th, 2015|career advice|0 Comments

“Oops he did it again….” for those who watched the 2015 Grammy’s, you may have noticed that Kanye West was up to his usual MAN-tics. This time the victim wasn’t young, sweet Taylor Swift but modest, soft spoken Beck. If you haven’t heard or read about the term ‘manterruptions,’ which was introduced into our collective lexicon in January via the New York Times and Time magazine, there are three words/terms with which all women should be aware:

  • manterrupted/manterruption – unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man
  • bropriating – when a man takes credit for a woman’s idea at meetings
  • talk blocking – this happens when you are trying to talk to a person and another intrusive annoying person keeps getting all up in the business, making the conversation difficult or impossible

As we saw at the awards, these manterruptions aren’t necessarily directed at women; men can also be the […]

13 01, 2015

Transforming Mistakes Into Opportunities

By |January 13th, 2015|career advice|0 Comments

Some people say you shouldn’t run away from mistakes. I’d take it one step further. Don’t run away from your mistakes—walk right up to them, introduce yourself, and buy them a drink.

Everyone makes mistakes at work. Everyone. Few are un-fixable or career-ending (with a few, notable, exceptions). In fact, mistakes are a tremendous opportunity to practice and demonstrate what the social psychologists are calling “grit,” which is a trendy word for what your grandma called “sticktoitiveness.” Remember, mistakes are just challenges we create for ourselves. If you depersonalize them, remove their emotional weight, and think of them the same way you’d think of any other bump in the road, you can transform mistakes into opportunities for future success.

Next time you’re about to freak out about a mistake you made at work, don’t panic, know that we’ve all been there, and try out a few of […]

18 11, 2014

What’s In a Name?

By |November 18th, 2014|career advice, Featured|0 Comments

I remember learning in an English class as a kid a number of grammar rules that people break all the time. It’s maddening information to know. I now live in a world where I can’t help but notice when someone says “less,” “which,” or “good” when, according to Ms. Southerland, the speaker should have said “fewer,” “that,” or “well.”

My ears also unintentionally perk up when I hear names and titles being slung around in conversation ever since reading Dr. Deborah Tannen’s 2001 book Talking From 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work. Many of her observations and explanations of people’s communication styles, expectations, and rhetoric have stuck with me and come to mind when I interact with colleagues.

Consider which of these is not like the others: “Turner, Smith, Jones, and Annie.”

Dr. Tannen uses this list of names in an example in her book saying:

He referred to the three men […]

23 07, 2014

Don’t let your wardrobe malfunction be what people remember about your presentation

By |July 23rd, 2014|career advice, Featured|0 Comments

Over the last few years, there has been a subtle but important change at professional conferences around the country. Unless you are a woman, you might not have even noticed. But, in my unscientific poll of women in my circles, this shift has led to much angst.

Years ago, when conferences were held in frigid, windowless hotel ballrooms with hundreds of your closest colleagues, participants would sit in rows facing a stage arranged with a row of skirted tables and a set of chairs. There were no armchairs, no couches, no stools and no coffee tables. There were no fake fireplaces, no screens behind and to the side of the panelists emblazoned with larger images of the presenters.

And herein lies the hidden challenge to women leaders: what to wear when on a panel that does not have a skirted table?

Seems simple—business attire should be all you need to know, right? […]

22 04, 2014

Why you don’t have to change your personality to advance your career

By |April 22nd, 2014|career advice|0 Comments

Women are always getting advice on how to overcome disadvantages at the workplace to grow their careers—whether it’s leaning in, à la Sheryl Sandberg, or “leaning out” by seeking a sponsor at work. It’s difficult enough to sort through the latest buzzwords to find the advice that really works. It is more difficult still to follow through on that advice consistently in our daily work lives.

For some women, the advice we receive (Talk more! Ask for things! Promote yourself!) can seem to conflict with who we are. Women tend to score higher than men on measures of so-called emotional intelligence, such as self-awareness, empathy and interpersonal relationships. Emotional intelligence also happens to be a predictor of success at work and in life. What […]