Successes and Challenges of Women in Leadership Roles in Traditionally Male-Dominated Environments
A Forum on the Empowerment of Women
Wednesday – 15 September 2010
1:00 – 2:45 PM
United Nations Church Center
777 UN Plaza, 8th Floor – Boss Room
(44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
by Donna Decker, Woodhull Alumna
Originally posted to Ms. Magazine Blog on September 1st, 2010
“Women I admire have gone through hell to get their work out there,” Erica Jong told us this past weekend. “I’d like to change that for you.”
Despite its sale of 20 million copies worldwide, Jong’s 1973 feminist novel Fear of Flying provoked a backlash, the vestiges of which still own a sliver of Jong’s soul. She quotes verbatim the vitriol of critic Paul Theroux, who called Jong’s heroine, Isadora Wing, “a mammoth pudenda.”
Yet here is Jong nearly 40 years later, having gone through hell, trying to set forth a cooler path for women writers. She and Barbara Victor–the first person to interview Moammar Ghadaffi after the American bombing in Libya in 1986–acted as facilitators for the Master Class Writers Retreat at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership in Ancramdale, New York. The institute is named after Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the U.S. in 1872, 48 years before women could vote.
90 years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was signed into law. On August 26, 1920, at 8 a.m, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation which stated:
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
The amendment is often referred to as the Susan B. Anthony amendment. After almost a century of fighting for the vote for women, the suffrage movement finally prevailed. Since its official founding at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 the movement fought against the economic and political subjugation of women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Paul and so many other remarkable women would not rest until women achieved the right to vote.
Many people do not realize that Victoria Woodhull had the audacity to run for President of the United States in 1872, 48 years before the 19th Amendment became law.
Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming the law of the land, however, we must also remember that 90 years later only 17% of Congress is female, approximately 3% of the CEO’s of the fortune 500 are women, and 20% of the op-ed’s in national newspapers are written by women. There is still much to do.
By Lori Sokol, Woodhull Alumna
Originally published in The Newswomen’s Club of NY’s Blog on August 23, 2010
The media frenzy over actress Portia de Rossi seeking to change her name to Portia DeGeneres is sure to infuriate long-standing feminists who have fought long and hard for women to keep their maiden names. Or not?
The issue of marital name change can strike near to the hearts of women journalists who often struggle when they marry with whether to give up the bylines that they’ve worked hard at establishing.
De Rossi, 37, recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles court to legally take the last name of her famous same-sex partner, Ellen DeGeneres. California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma introduced a bill that would make California the seventh state to give married spouses and domestic partners equal opportunity to take their surname of choice. Ma says the proposal is really about “equality in relationships.”
But would pioneering feminists like Lucy Stone agree?
Attractive people usually have it good in our society, and that’s not any less true in the world of work. In the past few weeks, beauty in the workplace has been cropping up in the news left and right.
For starters, research by Newsweek confirmed, yet again, what many have known for years: “in all elements of the workplace, from hiring to politics to promotions, even, looks matter, and they matter hard.”
Here’s a look at some of the stats:
The Woodhull Institute is proud to partner with Paradigm Shift NYC in hosting a screening and discussion event of Body Typed, a series of short films that use humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Featuring Jesse Epstein, Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaker. Here are the details!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18th at 6:30 pm
Just outside the Feminist District
The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square
Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door
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Watch the trailer and read more information after the jump. Hope to see you there!
Check out Woodhull Alumna Tara Sophia Mohr’s audio broadcast of her radio show appearance on ‘Juggling Act’ with Dr. Lori Sokol.
Pipeline is an exciting new startup whose mission is to ensure that every woman achieves her potential as an innovator. They produce a Woman Innovator series, a media campaign to increases the visibility of fascinating women innovators. Check it out!
by Lisa Hix, Woodhull Alumna
(Originally posted to Collectors Weekly on July 22nd, 2010)
Behold the power of the stiletto heel. Despite all the advances women have made, it’s one fetish we can’t seem to escape, a paradox epitomized by “Sex and the City.” The characters embodied a late-’90s vision of independent women, enjoying the spoils of feminism: They had the financial power to support themselves, and the personal freedom to sleep around. Yet, they turned into swooning schoolgirls at the sight of a pair of Manolo Blahniks.
Collectors Weekly recently interviewed Elizabeth Semmelhack, a curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. In our Q&A, Semmelhack details the fascinating history of heels, how initially high-heeled shoes helped keep women, who were seen as irrational and frivolous, powerless—and then how the stiletto endowed women with another kind of power, explosive sex appeal.
by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna
Originally posted to The Huffington Post on July 21, 2010
Most of the time, they don’t know their brilliance. They are certain they “aren’t ready” to take on that next bigger role. They are more attuned to the ways they aren’t qualified than to the ways that they are. They are waiting for someone to validate or discover them. Sound familiar?
It’s a huge loss. Collectively, we miss out on the contributions of thousands of capable leaders. Brilliant women themselves miss out on the fulfillment that comes from using their abilities fully.
Let’s set ourselves on a different path, with these 10 rules for brilliant women: