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Can You Hear Me? I said: Females are Strong as Hell

September 16, 2016

unbrekablekimmyschmidt2Two in 3 AmeriCorps alums are women (and 3 in 4 of our staff at Alums!).  In the words of (Unbreakable) Kimmy Schmidt, ‘we females are strong as hell.’ There’s been a lot about us females in the news & on social media this week.  Here’s some that have caught our attention:

1. Read about how Obama’s Female Staffers Came Up With a Genius Strategy to Make Sure Their Voices Were Heard. They adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own. Obama noticed and began calling more often on women and junior aides.

2. Watch Kristen Bell introduce Pinksourcing, an HR firm where women are a bargain at the workplace, since you only have to pay them 77 cents on the dollar!  Hilarious… and sad, because it’s true.

3. Listen to NPR’s “How I Built This with Sarah Blakely, to learn how she overcame rejection – and became a billionaire.  The founder of Spanx, Blakely sold fax machines door-to-door for seven years and made her own path to yes.

4. Learn about the Presidential candidates plans for affordable childcare by reading PBS’ Where do the presidential candidates stand on child care and pay equity?  Ivanka Trump’s interview in Cosmopolitan has gotten a lot of attention, where she shares “It is a terrible thing that we are the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave” and clarifies that the plan’s focus is on mothers – and does not include fathers.  For official campaign platforms, visit the childcare reform section on Donald Trump’s campaign website and the paid family leave policy on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website.

Today’s blog is written by AmeriCorps Alums’ Co-Executive Director Mary Bruce (full bio below), and is part of AmeriCorps Alums’ REALTalk series on race, equity, and AmeriCorps alumni as leaders.  

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