Wellness Wednesday: The Semester is Eating Me Alive

Wednesdays have proven to be a crazy day for me (please excuse the late post)... especially because with my new IRB position, we often have meetings Wednesdays. Anyway, a male boss/mentor of mine recently shared with me when we were talking about our profession (counseling) that men often feel like they can open up more [...]

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Imposter Syndrome

I received an award today, and at the dinner right before I was about to go up, I felt a bout of imposter syndrome take over me.  Do I really deserve this? The award recognized me for mentoring other women and promoting gender equality.  I believe that I do these things, but in my moment [...]

Leaving Mother Lake – Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathieu

4/5 stars overall. Beautifully written and engaging. Recommended to me by my friend and mentor Dr. Cindy LaCom, this book takes you on a journey to places I personally have never set foot or experienced. In a remote community around the Himalayas, Moso women in some ways, have more/different power than other women in the [...]

The Trans[gender] Construct

Writing my master's thesis on women and success allowed me to immerse myself in the history of and current issues pertaining to gender. So while my scholarship did not focus on transgender issues, it did start some wheels turning in my head and I wanted a space to just share some thoughts which I'll bet [...]

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

Women Don't Ask is an essential read for everyone, but especially females. This book explains how gendered socialization not only hinders women's voices in many cases, but also thwarts their success in negotiating many areas of their life. Focusing primarily on work, this book showcases example after example (backed by research) of women falling short/not living [...]

50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]

Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Written in 1915 by an author born in the 1800s, it is striking and poignant how this work is still very relevant today. The short novel chronicles 3 men's journey to find a civilization of just women and children--no men. Skeptical, during their expedition they comment on what they might find: they don't expect the [...]