How did my 8-year-old daughter start thinking along gender lines? By girl and boy categories? That there's worth in being the best girl, even if you're not better than two boys?
I've come to believe that nothing truly prepares you for motherhood. We had the books, the support from our families, a fantastic doctor and a beautiful nursery. What I wasn't ready for was how I would feel once things settled down.
There are real strengths in both "male" and "female" traits. We need to learn from the effective traits associated with the opposite gender, and incorporate them into our overall skill sets.
We were scheduling doctor's appointments, figuring out soccer practice carpools and writing out bills from the office long before we started answering work emails on our smartphones at home. It goes both ways.
So much of the advice geared towards women who choose to go back to work, focuses on how they can learn to accept the sacrifices that go along with working while raising children. I'd argue that in many cases, going back to work is not a sacrifice at all but the best decision a woman can make not only for herself, but also for her family.
I think it might be time to step back, press pause on the kvetching and appreciate where we're at as a culture of mothers right now. It's really pretty amazing.
While these Working Mother's Day "gifts" may take effort, I'm no longer willing to wait for them. I do not want to have wish these gifts for my daughter; I want them now.
For women, Sandberg's message of "lean in" is a strong thought for many to follow. Yet there is also a burgeoning movement of innovative men and women who are deploying feminine values as competitive advantage. To men, we would advise them to step back, to allow for listening, reflecting, and subtler creativity.
Critics who decry "trips for mom" are completely missing the point. Everyone in this world should have an opportunity to spend time with inspiring people who help you live your best possible life. And even better, if you can get paid for your time, it's a total win.
To my classmates who continue to make jokes about doing laundry or leaning in, please keep joking! I mean this quite seriously; it is crucial that we keep the conversation going, especially as we throw off our caps in a few short weeks and dive headfirst into the all-too-real 'real world.'
Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.
The next wave of the women's movement is about to break. Across the public sphere, women are awakening, becoming reenergized, taking stock and speaking up. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the inaugural YaleWomen Global Conference: Vision, Values, Voices.
By now, you have probably read about or even finished Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. In it, she talks about the barriers that women face in the workp...
Fear is something we can't live without; it is a feeling we all experience at one time or another in our daily lives. I think as a society, we live with fear in the wrong way, and after many years, I'm ready to share the story of how I turned fear into a source of inner strength.
Our members are entrepreneurs and the leaders of large companies. Do they lean in? In every way possible. Do they have a seat at the table? They do. Is it easy? No.
The view that Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg advocates in her new book, Lean In, has been a matter of considerable debate. But her basic point resonates: Women must take charge of their own futures. So, how does her message translate for women now in college?