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Friday, January 12, 2018

SPORTS INOCUATE GIRLS AGAINST #METOO CULTURE

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Participation in sports is one of the best ways I know to help inoculate our girls in preparation for the toxic culture they are growing up in. I'm a strong supporter of the Girls Changing the Game program of Detroit's PAL (Police Athletic League), which provides athletic opportunity and character building for 30,000 urban youth annually. Here's a great article in the Detroit News on why the opportunity to compete on sports teams and build confidence through physical activity is so important for our girls.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Oprah's Golden Globe Message Was About Us, Not Her

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

As much as I would love to see Oprah Winfrey debate Donald Trump on a national stage and believe that a Winfrey Administration would be a powerful antidote to the toxicity that has the USA in its grip, I agree with the parallel perspective. Oprah's stirring message, as she accepted a Lifetime Achievement honorary Golden Globe, was not about HER. It was about US. Hope you'll take the time to read this insightful commentary as you choose your own path. We are living in challenging times. Let's not be bystanders.  

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Insightful Voices on What's Next After #METOO Cultural Explosion

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 2:11 PM

The New York Times recently gathered seven wise women for an insightful, roundtable discussion of the challenges and complexity of moving forward in the wake of the Silence Breakers and #METOO explosions of 2017.  One year of outing predators is just the beginning. How do we turn this moment of cultural reckoning into a positive turn on our evolutinary wheel?  Lots of thoughtful insight in this fascinating discussion about Work, Fairness, Sex and Ambition. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best Women's Writing on 2017 Issues

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

Huffington Post has compiled a fabulous collection of the most compelling commentaries written by women writers in 2017. For the next few weeks, I'm going to regularly share these outstanding voices with you. Many of the pieces are related to one of the biggest stories of the year: the #METOO explosion.   Here's "Y'All Don't Deserve Black Women," by Ashley Nkadi and first published in THE ROOT. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TRUMP's Version of "Being a Great Father"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:54 AM

"I'll supply the funds and she'll take care of the kids," is Donald Trump's version of "being a great father." He's told reporters, "Men who take care of the kids are 'acting like the wife.'"  If you find these statements hard to believe, here's more on his 18th Century version of fatherhood, including clips from Buzzfeed.  

Tips for Tackling the Gender Confidence Gap

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:46 AM

The Gender Confidence Gap is still stalling very talented women from spreading their wings and letting their talents soar in competitive environments. Here are three great tips on ways to increase your own confidence and create a confidence-boosting culture with your team and in your organization.  Fortune article. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What Does Gamergate Reveal?

Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 7:54 PM

GAMERGATE: If you haven't heard about the recent uproar and terrifying backlash against outspoken women who have dared to raise their voices against the pervasive violence toward women in video games, you need to know. Female game developers who have dared to complain receive rape and death threats. And Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist media critic who has done excellent reporting on the excessive violence and victimization of women, was forced to cancel a presentation at Utah State University after USU received threats of a mass shooting if the "craven little whore" was allowed to speak. It was my 22-year-old son, Kevin, who brought this outrageous situation to my attention. Hope you are paying attention to the images and messages that gamers in your family are saturated with.

GOLDIEBLOX TAKES ON BARBIE: Finally, here's some fun. Take a look at the latest GoldieBlox ad about the first action figure for girls. With the gift season coming up, hope you'll keep the message in mind as you choose gifts. Remember the words of the indominatable Leymah Gbowee and help "unleash the power of girls"!