Are We Still Invisible?

This is an interesting question to ask in the midst of so many women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment and sexual assault is a huge problem in our society, and it is interconnected with so many other instances of...

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Women will strike on March 8 for “A Day Without a Woman”

Amy Bell Hou is a writer, early childhood educator and mother living in Oakland. She is a co-founder of Drop Leaf Press, a women-operated poetry press based in San Francisco. March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s also a day that multiple organizations for the...

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The Female Future: Part 2

This is the second of a two-part guest blog post by Heels of Success collaborator, Kaitlin Cleary. She interviewed young professional women asking the following questions: Are you optimistic about the next generation of female leaders? Where do you get your motivation...

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The Female Future: Guest Blog by Kaitlin Cleary

It’s an interesting time to be a 30-something woman. This election has left me, like many others, worried over the progress we’ve made in terms of gender equality (equality in general, really). I was raised to be a feminist, though I don’t think the word was ever used...

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Mentally Preparing to be the Only Woman in the Room

[Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] I’m on a train heading from Philadelphia to New York City for a meeting with a group of high-powered people in the healthcare industry. As usual, I’m taking time to review the attendee list and go over notes...

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Why Are Business Women Still Called “Girls?”

I often observe things in a business setting that remind me how far we still have to go. Most times, they are subconscious behaviors or comments made without negative intentions. Nevertheless, they catch my attention. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting held...

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Gendered Listening

I want to share an article I found to be particularly interesting, though not surprising. It's called, "How Unconscious Bias is Affecting our Ability to Listen" and appeared in Fast Company earlier this week, written by Vivian Giang. Research is showing yet another...

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Women, Confidence and Warmth

I wanted to share this article from the Harvard Business Review, "To Seem Confident, Women Have to be Seen as Warm." It details a fascinating study which suggests that, in order to be viewed as confident (read: worthy of promotion), women need to display not only...

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Is Our Facade More Important Than Our Content?

Last week I attended a conference for corporate directors. The attendees included those who are on corporate boards, CEOs and executives. After the opening session broke, there was a line for the women’s restroom. While waiting, I struck up a conversation with a few...

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