Black, Professional and…Angry: Why Criticizing Women is Hurtful to All Women

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If you were even so much as passing by on social medial last week, you would have heard about the (absurdly) incendiary New York Times article, depicting writer Shonda Rhimes as “an angry black woman”. And if you stayed long enough, you may have enjoyed some of the boomerang responses from the media, such as this one, and this one, oh and this one too!

As a Black woman, a professional, and a huge admirer or Ms. Rhimes, of course I went through the initial stages of “No, she didn’t”, and “What? ooh….”, all accompanied by regular eyebrow-raising motions and a few upwards glances for mercy every now and then. And like most women, Black or of of any other race, who read this piece, I also quickly understood this article was not just about Shonda Rhimes.

According to the  Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, women accounted for “57.2 percent of the working age women population in 2013, compared to 69.7 percent participation for men. And although the number of women is expected to increase, women are projected to represent only 46.8% of the labor force in 2022. That’s less than 50%! 

When a woman makes a significant contribution through her work, it uplifts all of us, regardless of race. It gives little Black, White, Asian and multi-cultural girls something to look forward to.

Do you think little girls with a passion for music walk around wondering if Alicia Keys is more Black than White? I have yet to hear a toddler comment on Doc McStuffins, by saying “Oh she’s cool, but she’s Black”. And if it ever happened, they would have probably heard it from the mouth of an adult. Because what does it matter, really, the color that Excellence, Talent or Achievement comes clothed in?

Yes, I’m not oblivious to the fact that race matters, for having experienced it first-hand, in and out of work environments. Yet what matters most is the legacy we leave behind, the rock we add to the structure of women’s, all women’s rights.

As women at work, whatever our careers, calling or line of work, don’t we face enough obstacles as it is? Aren’t we plagued by enough stereotypes to add to the dimension of our struggle?

And most importantly, haven’t we realized yet that when we criticize, demean or belittle other women, we hurt all women, ourselves included?

The Corporate Sis.

 

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What’s Faith Gotta Do With It: Faith And Your Career

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Faith - Photo credit: beliefnet.com

Faith – Photo credit: beliefnet.com

Happy Sunday!

For the longest time, I avoided using the F-word at work. Not that F-word, the other one. As a matter of fact, even thinking about it at work would seem strange. And before you start even thinking we’re diving into some kind of religious tangent, let me clarify I am speaking about Faith, not religion.

All throughout my career, I’ve questioned myself about what Faith meant to my career, or even if the two should be acquainted in any manner. What does it matter to our careers that we even believe in anything? How could the wide subjectivity, breadth and intangibility of Faith even affect the very tangible, very concrete (albeit often illogical) world of work? And as much as most belief systems emphasize the value of work, does this make them intrinsically linked to our careers? Does Faith even belong in our careers? Is it better to keep Faith and work separate, or could Faith actually enhance our careers?

After trying both approaches, I would argue the latter. While I tended to restrict my Faith only to certain specific, secluded activities (usually reserved to hurried Sunday mornings), as I started applying the same Faith to my work, I noticed it…worked. I noticed speaking Life and blessings onto my day job did bring jus that. That thanking God for the favor I didn’t have yet, the positive results I had yet to obtain, produced those same results, and even better. Was it magic, wishful thinking or excess coffee? No, and neither was it religious infatuation. It was simply believing in the things that are not seen, the strength within, the power within. It was inquiring within…

So what’s Faith gotta do with it? More than we may think…Because embarking on days filled to the brim with  to-do’s, meetings, and performance expectations without enough spiritual or mental preparation doesn’t work. Neither does failing to envision, speak and manifest our dreams, inspiration and calling. Because not believing you can, is failing before even starting.

And because Faith, as strange as it may seem, has got everything to do with it…

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The 411: Weekly News Update

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News round-up - huffingtonpost.com

News round-up – huffingtonpost.com

Happy Sunday!

Hope everyone is having a great week-end! Dear hubby’s stepfather came to visit all the way from the Cape-verde Islands, and we basically spent the majority of the week-end grilling, drinking wine, and yelling at the kids to stop digging out the worms. Hopefully, your week-end has been worm-free, and as you’re relaxing today, here is our weekly news update:

  • This week, Working Mother rounded up the list of 100 best companies to work for;
  • Forbes writes about the new mentor in the millennial workplace, and introduces their new e-book Their Roaring Thirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk from Women Who Beat the Youth Trap;
  • Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about the absurdly inflammatory piece from the New York Times depicting Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black lady”! And you’ve probably heard the thundering response from the entire Internet, such as this one in Slate, or this one in Vox;
  • In women making headlines news, Bloomberg News writes that the Reynolds tobacco merger is the biggest deal every made by a female CEO (and we’re so giggling inside);
  • Meanwhile, Tech Times wonders if the movement to empower women online will work after all (hello pessimism);
  • In not so bright news, Inc. Lists the 10 dumbest (and funniest) corporate emails of all time;
  • Ever thought of making gender equality official? Well, Fastcoexist writes about the new stamp of approval for employers truly committed to gender equality (and yes, I’m jumping in place);
  • Fortune Magazine confirms women make groups smarter ( we did suspect it, but it’s making us feel all warm inside to read it);
  • Missing summer? Project Eve showcases 5 must-have apps to go from workaholic to beach-bound in no time;
  • Last but not least, The Corporate Sister ditches the motherhood penalty and instead recognizes that being a mom helps your career. Oh, and I also like the Poacht app.

Happy Sunday, and happy reading!

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There’s an App for That: Poacht

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Poacht app - Photo credit: poachtapp.com

Poacht app – Photo credit: poachtapp.com

So turns out there are quite a few things you can do on the down low, including looking for a job without alerting your current employer you may be coveting greener professional pastures. And of course, this is 2014 and there’s an app for that…Poacht (available on iOs and Android) will let you do just that.

Basically, you call your price (read desired salary level, benefits and perks), and the app matches you to one of the registered companies. You can even schedule an interview with a single tap…Lazy job hunter, you’ve been served…

My $0.05: Great tool for a low down job hunt! Yet, basing a job search primarily on salary level could have the risk of limiting prospects. Well worth the try though…

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Work It: Circle Skirt

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Circle skirt - $29.99 - jcpenney.com

Circle skirt – $29.99 – jcpenney.com

Everyone (gentlemen may abstain) needs an easy, flouncy and feminine skirt to transition from Summer to Fall, and this circle skirt form JC Penney may be just it!

Loving this elastic was it, fit-and-flare skirt, perfect for casual or more conservative workdays. I’d pair it an elegant cardigan like this one.

This circle skirt is now on sale for $29.99 at JC Penney.

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