I was interviewed for the article on The Glasshammer “Being Fully Present: How to Avoid the Technology and Work/Life Clash” about the role of technology in work/life balance issues. Check out the article by Tina Vasquez.
While it’s true that March is National Red Cross Month, National Irish-Heritage Month, National Nutrition Month, National Noodle Month and yes ,even National Frozen Food Month—that’s not what we have in mind.
March is National Women’s History Month, celebrating its 30th year with the theme “writing women back into history”. Think about it: we all probably have good knowledge about the Red Cross, Noodles, and folks of Irish heritage—but I’ll bet you’d have to really think to come up with 10 women in history who were not queens, prime ministers, or move stars.
As the National Women’s History Project says on its web site: Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less”– Myra Pollack Sadker
We’ve created a web site/blog www.Lead-HER-Ship.com for the purpose of celebrating the past, charting the present and exploring the future for women leaders. Every day during March, this site will feature a different woman of “history”. Keep in mind our definition of history: a story of the past that helps us understand the present—including our most personal and intimate present. We can’t ignore the influence of our biological sisters as well as our soul sisters, the lessons of our mothers and grandmothers, the impact of known and little known women.
See this month as a celebration. We encourage you to send us tributes to the women from your history. Send us stories about women who didn’t make it in the history books but should have. We can print them all here. Send us pictures. Heck- send us money and dark chocolate. (Just kidding about the money. But we do encourage you to make a donation to the National Women’s History Project )
Together, let’s find the role models that can inspire us to link arms and create great work and a world that works for all.
PS: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. Celtic women offer amazing music for Irish and non-Irish alike; The American Dietetic Association can help plan a healthy meal and we have nothing to say about noodles or frozen food except that they too are healthy!
The New York Times reports in the article “Backlash: Women Bullying Women At Work” that workplace bullying has risen to a new level because of massive layoffs and economic stress. No surprise there. The surprise is that women make up 40% of workplace bullies but they aren’t as democratic as men. Men tend to bully men and women equally. However, female bullies like to keep it within the gender family by bullying women 70% of the time. The article goes on to discuss leadership styles of women and how they react to stress and the stereotypes that they battle on a daily basis. To read the full fascinating article visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/business/10women.html?_r=1&em
Leaders at all levels must have a no-tolerance policy on bullying. Stress is NO EXCUSE for bullying regardless of gender. Behavior tolerated is behavior accepted. And to my sisters in the workplace, grow up! Bullying of any type is unacceptable no matter who wields the power.