The concept of whether women can have it all is a question that has been asked many times in many ways over the years. To me, this is having it all. Doing my job, being a mom and getting to see my family. Showing my daughter the value of hard work and having some fun together.
In a sea of some of the year's best commercials created by some of the world's biggest brands (almost all led by men), GoldieBlox was founded and is run by a female entrepreneur. And the ad was voted in by a popular vote.
I'm fortunate that my husband makes a good living right now. So much so that, baring any unforeseen circumstances, I won't have to work again. (And maybe I won't.) To many, that's a dream. To me, it's a death.
It's hard to believe that women whose success in school and careers was sufficient to grant them entry into the rarified world of the Harvard Business School would still be susceptible to the pressures of adolescence. Social conditioning dies hard.
A new study from the London School of Economics found that an increasing number of younger women are choosing to have children earlier, with the idea that they'll return to, or even start, their careers later on.
Many of the girls who call ask about what they should do when the Ugly Step Sister is either a direct supervisor or someone highly influential in the company. These women I refer to as the Wicked Step Mothers.
Organizations teach their employees how to handle diverse technical products and diverse ways to generate revenue. They know that nourishing excellence in employees requires a fertile soil. Having an organization filled with diverse individuals also requires that same level of rich soil.
When Sandberg urges women to "lean in" and examine ways in which they might be undercutting their career potential, she's suggesting that women may need a new roadmap to reach the executive suite in higher numbers.
Last Monday I hopped in a cab en route to meet Sheryl Sandberg. Yes, THAT Sheryl Sandberg. COO of Facebook. Third-wave feminist poster child. Architect of the national love affair we're having with women and work. Maybe you've heard of her.
Whatever you think about her message, Sandberg is a role model for savvy leadership communication. Career success means taking risks and advocating for your own best interests, the very behaviors that our culture discourages in girls and women.
There is a tectonic shift happening and we're living the future right now here in technologyland. Women are gaining and holding power at a rate we have never seen before and finally they are openly talking about it.
In spite of the fact that work-life balance as portrayed in the media has become as elusive as the search for the Holy Grail, women continue to desperately seek it out. Consequently, we are left feeling exhausted and guilty for failure to obtain an unachievable goal!
As I turn on the television to tune into the news, I see powerful examples of female leadership. When I see Secretary of State Hilary Clinton or First Lady Michelle Obama, I stand in awe of their willingness to break the glass ceiling for generations of women to come.
"We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have families and dynamic careers. And that's what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."