By Elisa Doucette
Women need to stop being their own worst enemy.Ladies - the time has come in this feminist march on advancement for us to jump on our rocket ships and ride.
I received an email last week from a young woman who was looking to break out of her corporate gig and pursue a career in freelance writing. She was looking for advice and resources to begin the process.
In the email, she referenced four times the fact that she didn't feel like she was qualified/talented/strong/ambitious enough for such a jump.
It took everything in me to not email her back with the response "If you feel that way then you need to work a heck of a lot more on yourself before you can base your entire livelihood on you. You will be all that you've got."
This is possibly one of my greatest frustrations when talking to women about their perceived limitations and inability to rise to the top of their career and life's ambitions:
Women don't go for what they want because they don't feel like they can do it.
Don't get me wrong. The glass ceiling
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- Mike Krumboltz | Work + Money – Thu, Jun 14, 2012 12:23 PM EDT
Reverend Mark Wiesner is a pastor at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oakland, California. After a visit to Kenya, Rev. Wiesner was inspired to help fund a badly needed dormitory for an orphanage. But how to raise the funds? Answering that question sent Rev. Wiesner and his parishioners on a journey that relied on the goodness in people.
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One Sunday in February, Rev. Wiesner withdrew about $12,100 from the church account. With some help, he placed varying amounts of money into 400 envelopes. The amount ranged from $15 to $100. Rev. Wiesner passed out the envelopes to his parishioners and asked them to use the money to help raise more money for the orphanage. He gave them 90 days. It was a big risk, but it paid off. Plan for orphanage in Kenya
A few months later, at the end of May, Rev. Wiesner collected the funds and found that his flock had raised over $65,000. We spoke with him about his experiment, how he came up with the idea, and how peopleRead More »from Oakland Church's Unique Fundraiser Helps Fund Orphanage in Africa
BELVEDERE HELPS SUPPORT BACKSTAGE at the GEFFEN HELPING RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION DOLLARS to BENEFIT ARTS EDUCATIONBy Eye Spy | Work + Money – Thu, Jun 14, 2012 2:28 AM EDT
Hellen Mirren, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty
The star-studded event at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner at W Los Angeles' The Backyard restaurant grossed over $1 million for the Geffen Playhouse's outreach and artistic initiatives. The fundraiser, honoring Hollywood legend Carol Burnett and Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment Jim Gianopulos, was co-chaired by Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger and his wife, journalist Willow Bay. Belvedere Vodka and Grand Marnier kept the guests in high spirits all night long. Entertainment icon Dick Van Dyke presented the Distinction in Theater Award to Ms. Burnett and award-winning actor Warren Beatty presented the Distinction in Service award to Mr. Gianopulos; the evening was hosted by Emmy award-winning actress Jane Lynch. In addition to the award presentations, the irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featured personal "backstage" stories or songs by stars of the stage and screen including Beth Behrs, AnnetteRead More »from BELVEDERE HELPS SUPPORT BACKSTAGE at the GEFFEN HELPING RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION DOLLARS to BENEFIT ARTS EDUCATION
- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT
By Meghan CasserlyRead More »from Are Housewives to Blame for the Plight of Working Women?
Does your boss have a stay-at-home wife?It's time for your annual review and you couldn't be more ready. You've had a killer year, hit all of your targets and when the day comes you deliver a can't-lose presentation on why you deserve that VP role more than Dave three cubicles down. So when your boss gives you the news that you'll be staying put while Dave gets the promotion to the corner office, you're shocked.
"He's a sexist pig," your friends say at drinks later. "Of course he gave the job to a man." And they may be right. But new research from Harvard, NYU and the University of Utah adds another layer to the debate over gender discrimination at work, and another (possibly just as important) person to blame: your boss's stay-at-home wife.
In the paper "Marriage Structure And The Gender Revolution In The Workplace," researchers illustrate how employed men with stay-at-home wives tend to "exhibit attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that undermine the role of women in the workplace." Among other things,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 4:13 PM EDT
Source: Uploaded by Michelle Obama on PinterestIt's no secret that women have become a political force in this year's presidential election, so much so that both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have enlisted their wives to help in their campaigns. And they're reaching out in a way that many women voters understand: through social media.Read More »from Michelle Obama Joins Pinterest as Campaign Seeks to Woo Women Voters
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Though Ann Romney has never been fond of the political spotlight -- during her husband's brutal 1994 Senate campaign, she told the Boston Globe, "You couldn't pay me to do this again" -- she's recently started headlining campaign events on her husband's behalf. She joined Twitter in April, after a jab by liberal pundit Hilary Rosen reignited the stay-at-home vs. work-in-an-office Mommy Wars, but had taken to Pinterest months ago, showcasing recipes and crafts along with patriotic photos and snapshots from the campaign trail.
Michelle Obama has been Tweeting for longer, but made her debut on Pinterest just today. So far, the first
- The_Stir | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 2:50 PM EDT
mother & child at mt rushmore photoLast week I went to the White House to attend a town hall on the health care law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called it the most important women's health care law in 50 years and highlighted the positive ways it will affect coverage for women.
If it isn't overturned by the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act will mean significant changes in coverage not only for women but specifically for moms. With so much information out there about the ways health insurance will be different, here's what moms need to know about how the new law might have an impact on them:
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1. Children cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. This is a huge change and was spoken about repeatedly last week at the White House. It's now illegal to refuse to cover babies and all other children under 19 who have pre-existing health conditions, whether it's asthma or something moreRead More »from 5 Ways Moms Will Be Affected by the Health Care Law
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 1:27 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
When it comes to your own financial goals, the best thing you can do today is nothing at all. Use your energy to help someone else get ahead, instead. Pitch in at work, in the neighborhood or at home -- anywhere where the profit and the glory goes to another.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You believe in magic -- but only the practical kind. You get a chance to work yours today and the bottom line seems to levitate because of it. Now see if you can cut your debts in half, without shedding a drop of blood.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're directly contributing to your own frustration. Don't just sit on your butt and wait for change -- stand up and do something about it!
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jun 13, 2012 11:32 AM EDT
Buying Used Baby Gear: 10 Dos and Don'ts
Have you looked at those registry "must-have" checklists that every baby superstore hands you? And then have you checked the prices of said "must-haves"?
$200 for a stroller. $150 for a car seat. $250 for a crib. $18 per cloth diaper.
Luckily many pregnant women have friends and family willing to lend their hand-me-downs, and then there are always consignment shops, yard sales, and online marketplaces for used items.
But what's safe to buy used and what should you only buy new? We break down the DOs and DON'Ts of used baby gear:Baby Clothes
Verdict: Buy used
The racks of Baby Gap are certainly tempting, but baby clothes are some of the best items to buy gently-used or to snag as hand-me-downs. Infants, especially, only wear clothes for one season - sometimes less than a dozen times each - and you can find plenty of name-brand baby clothes in consignment shops, your friend's attic, or on sites like eBay and ThredUp.
Tips: Seasonal clothes, like winterRead More »from Buying for Baby: The Dos and Don'ts of Shopping for Used Gear
By Kara Reinhardt, Cheapism.com
Do you have a dad or husband who's tough to buy for? With Father's Day fast approaching, standbys such as watches, tools, and ties beckon. Unfortunately for anyone on a budget, these often prove to be pricey gifts. If, instead, you opt for a synthetic tie over a silk one or neglect to get your guy's preferred brand of drill, the difference between upscale and down is usually quite apparent. Wrap up a high-quality budget watch, however, and he's less likely to suspect how little you spent (although you may want to tip your hand and impress Dad with your financial responsibility). Below are Cheapism's top picks for watches under $35, including a couple of options for women, too.Our top pick for men's waches is the Timex Easy Reader.
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- The Timex 1440 T5J151 is a sporty digital watch for women that starts at just $12. The complications include a 24-hour timer, a calendar, an alarm, and a stopwatch. In online reviews, women who've worn this watch deem it comfortable and
- ForbesWoman | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:32 PM EDT
By Bryce CovertRead More »from Republicans Are Wrong: We Need More Equal Pay Litigation, Not Less
We need more equal pay litigation, not less.Yesterday the Senate proved two things: a majority of senators think women need more support in their quest to be paid equally with men, but that's not enough to actually get them support in the face of a GOP that stubbornly stands in the way. It may seem pretty tough to side with unequal pay for equal work, yet that's where 47 senators stand. The biggest concern offered that they offered up after they blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act? That the bill would have led to an unnecessary and soul-crushing number of lawsuits against employers. But the country actually needs to see more lawsuits against the gender wage gap, not fewer.
Some feel that women are adequately protected from pay discrimination, since we have laws saying it's illegal to pay women less than men for the same work, and therefore this Act was redundant. They should think again. Sen. Suzanne Collins was absolutely right when she told reporters after the vote, "We already have on the books the Equal Pay
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