To think about: "Women's empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality. It contributes to improved health and nutrition. It increases the chance of education for the next generation." (Kristoff and WuDunn, Half the Sky, xx)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Madelynn's Response to "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" and Sandberg's Barnard Commencement Address:

            The main emphasis in Slaughter’s article is that women are told they can do it all. We read Half the Sky and are in awe of women with circumstances far more difficult than our own and see how they decided to march to their own beat. Having read Half the Sky and then reading Slaughters article, I can’t help but be frustrated.  Everyone in our class has so much opportunity. After reading about women with little to no opportunity making changes, it seems silly that we don’t take advantage of what we are given. Yet, Slaughter states the modern woman’s dilemma over family and powerful business positions. This decision has been introduced to me, as college comes closer and narrowing down career paths becomes necessary. I am naturally inclined to do what Sandberg suggests: “Do not lean back; lean in”, but it is an article like Slaughters that brings to surface what I would like to ignore. Unless there is a drastic shift in how the workplace functions, something has to give.   Her article brought attention to how our society views family life. I have watched old television ads, most of them centered on a family having dinner. The ads I now view on television, either focus on what society thinks a man needs or a woman needs. I was not surprised to read that “In Washington, “leaving to spend time with your family” is a euphemism for being fired”. Family does not seem to be as nationally valued in the United States. It would be easy for me to listen to Sandberg’s advice to “have the ambition to run the world, because this world needs [women] to run it” if I did not appreciate my family and how I was raised. It is a double-edged sword, if women continue to balance family and work then the number of women with high-profile careers will not fluctuate much. If women take more high-profile careers, they will have to sacrifice their family life, but might be able to make it easier for women in the next generation to have both strong family and work lives. On the other hand, the article is based upon the idea of high-profile careers being the best way to empower women. Power is often associated with high-profile positions, but just because the word power is in empowerment does not mean one is necessary for the other.

Video on Child marriage

I saw this and the connection to our summer reading is pretty clear. As mom, it is heartbreaking...

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Word Bossy Should Be Banned....

Sheryl Sandberg is at it again! This time it's more direct than just "lean in"; it's a plea to ban the word "bossy" to describe girls and women and, instead, suggest that this is the way to develop executive leadership skills!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Why We Love To Hate Hannah Horvath

An interesting article on the main character in the HBO series Girls on how the world can't handle a female anti-hero yet.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stature/stalker at Wellesley?

Check this new piece of art out that is causing a lot of controversy and discussion at Wellesley.

New "stock" images of women

I've now read several articles about how Sheryl Sandberg and others have created a new and updated database of "stock" images of women and girl that show a greater range of careers, in leadership positions and how they are generally represented in the world. Here's one from Buzz Feed: check it out!