New York City Classes for Pregnant Women, New Moms: Don’t Say “Bossy”

tumblr_inline_ml09robggs1qz4rgpI read this article back in January and wrote:  Brilliant. Language does matter. This really made me stop and think. I have a 3-year-old and my husband and I just today were talking about how “opinionated” and “what a character” and how “determined” he is. As our family grows, if we ever have a girl, I plan to keep this in mind: not to label the same behavior differently for a boy and a girl. And I love the idea of teaching both to be mindful of their audience.

Update: I AM having a girl in a month, so I will definitely keep this in mind (for both my son and daughter)!

Article: Don’t Say Bossy by http://amotherisborn.com/

A feminist film epic and the real women of the CIA

A feminist film epic and the real women of the CIA

A feminist epic about the war on terror and getting bin Laden. When I watched this video and read the article, I was struck how this is another example of those who identify female talent and what it can yield and organizations who still have difficulty in fostering that talent at senior and high leadership levels.

Kathryn Bigelow directed the film “Zero Dark Thirty” a feminist epic about the war on terror. Apparently it’s not just wishful thinking but very reflective of the cultural shift within the CIA as Peter Bergen at CNN writes: “The prominent role that women played in the hunt for bin Laden is reflective of the largest cultural shift at the CIA of the past two decades.”

Below is a a great excerpt from Bergen’s article about women of the bin Laden unit at the CIA with perspective from Michael Scheuer, founder of that unit:

Women and the bin Laden unit

From the founding of the bin Laden unit at CIA in December 1995 onward, female analysts played a key role in the hunt for al Qaeda’s leaders.

The founder of that unit, Michael Scheuer, explains, “(Female analysts) seem to have an exceptional knack for detail, for seeing patterns and understanding relationships, and they also, quite frankly, spend a great deal less time telling war stories, chatting and going outside for cigarettes than the boys. If I could have put up a sign saying, ‘No boys need apply,’ I would’ve done it.”

Advertising, Stereotypes and Pet Peeves.

Definitely baffling. There’s richer territory out there, I’m sure.

Being Oppen

OK, so I know when this started happening (well before I was born and formed opinions) but it baffles me that it still is happening. At the same time it doesn’t, the curse of always being able to see both sides of the coin I guess.

Why is it that children are raised, if they’re male,  to be interested in things, activities, problems, science, sports, solutions, math, art, writing, whatever and it sticks, generally. Where as with girls somewhere along the way, I’m going to say between 9 and 12 years old, we loose any sort of drive for whatever we may have been interested in and totally readjust our focus on – men. Then generally stay with that same drive until we’re about 30, if we don’t “lock one down.”

This was all brought on by a day of running errands and being hyper sensitive to advertising (because it’s…

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Great Leaders Aren’t Just Role Models

Great Leaders Aren’t Just Role Models

 

Great article from . Just because you are a leader doesn’t automatically make you a role model. It’s not about just looking UP and copying that leader. It’s that leader reaching out as others reached out and inspired them. Imagine the talent that can be fostered. As she says, of those women out there helping other women, “These women are winners.”