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Five Friday Highlights: Women Winning at Work

Each post I chose to highlight this week somehow relates to how women can succeed. This week, the public discourse has been driven by a visual album about infidelity and a presidential candidate claiming that a female candidate’s “woman card” was too influential on what people thought of her. I chose pieces from different perspectives and I really can’t help wondering how it would go if the authors of these articles were in a room together!

When the New York Post ran I Want All the Perks of Maternity Leave — Without Having Any Kids, social media lit up with reactions to the concept of a “MEternity leave.” The author concludes that, “Work-life balance is tough for everyone, and it happens most when parents and nonparents support and don’t judge each other,” but en route to that balanced conclusion, the author stirred up the ire of many readers. Take a look at the comments and you’ll see!

Maybe the people grappling with the questions raised by the author of the preceding article would benefit from the in-depth discussion summarized in The Future of Women in Business: A Discussion on Gender Parity with Leading Women in Business Today from Ellevate. I love the passage about having “the courageous conversation.” We’ll have to have many courageous conversations in order to achieve gender parity.

Similarly, Breaking Through: Stories and Best Practices from Companies That Help Women Succeed in Huffpost Women is a book excerpt that ultimately asks, “given the proven importance of networking, why do women continue to lag behind?” This book needs to be on our lists.

Lightening things up just a bit, I enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Jobs: 7 Leadership Tips and Career Smarts from the Laugh-Out-Loud Memoir by Tina Fey from Sharp Heels. My favorite takeaway was “it is important to be a team player, but likability is not the endgame at the workplace.”

In Winner’s Mentality from Femfessionals, Jessica Passman shared her advice for cultivating a winner’s mentality. “Every mistake is an opportunity to grow,” she reminds. She is so right!

Have you had an experience related to gender parity that has taught you or raised additional questions? Email me by clicking here to let me know!

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Melissa Lamson

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Melissa Lamson, Founder and President of Lamson Consulting, is an author, consultant, and speaker who accelerates the business expansion goals of today’s most successful companies by developing global mindset, refining leadership skills, and bridging cross cultural communication.
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