Thanks to Our Mentors

November 6, 2021

The poet Maya Angelou mentored Oprah.  At her Chicago law firm, Michelle Robinson mentored the young Barack Obama, who later married her.  In Hollywood, Audrey Hepburn mentored Elizabeth Taylor. I don’t remember ever hearing the word “mentor” when I was growing up in the 1950s Midwest. Sister Deodata, though, my high-school social studies teacher, certainly…

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Taking a Look at Women’s Parity

September 26, 2021

Women are 51 percent of the population, yet we are still less than one-quarter of our country’s leaders.  Ms. Magazine has done a compilation of fascinating articles (see the section here) that details the quest to increase the number of women in leadership positions in the U.S.  Head here to read about Kathy Hochul, the…

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What Does a Leader Look Like?

August 27, 2021

What does a leader look like?   Organizational psychologists will point to well-known workshop exercises where executives are asked to draw a picture of an effective leader. In terms of gender, the results are nearly always the same.  Both men and women almost always draw men. This apparently unconscious assumption is downright depressing.  Still, as more…

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And the Numbers Are…

August 17, 2021

After a four-month delay caused by the pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau last week released detailed 2020 population data for all 50 states and certain U.S. territories.  These numbers are crucially important. They will be used to decide how federal funds are distributed to our communities for things like roads, bridges, hospitals, and daycare centers. …

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Pin-Stripe Suits and Fedoras

June 17, 2021

There is an old saying in journalism that goes like this: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” This is amusing to journalists because it is precisely what we are trained to do—be skeptical and double check everything. We’re supposed to look with a jaundiced eye at every story we have been…

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Prime Time for Child Care – Finally

May 20, 2021

For half a century, U.S. policymakers ignored child care. Families (read: women) were essentially on our own as we struggled to maneuver both home and work responsibilities, with virtually no help from government or our employers. Your child was sent home from school/day care because she had a fever? Figure it out. The nanny suddenly…

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Happy Birthday to SC Women in Leadership

April 15, 2021

Last week I went to a birthday party.   It was a glorious spring day at Boyd Plaza in downtown Columbia, where South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) was celebrating its second birthday. Two years earlier, a diverse group of 12 women had come together and “defined a multi-partisan strategy for encouraging women to lead,”…

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The Pandemic and Our Brains

March 18, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I have had trouble concentrating during this pandemic. I used to be able to sit down and read or write for hours at a time. No longer. Now I’m up and down, checking my phone too often, doing things in short bursts, and, occasionally, forgetting why I walked into…

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“A rose by any other name…”

February 19, 2021

“…would smell as sweet,” remarks Juliet Capulet in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I imagine Juliet is correct but, actually, I have no idea because I suffer from anosmia, the clinical term for the inability to smell. I’m not sure if I was born this way—a condition called congenital anosmia— or whether the allergies I…

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The Waiting Game

January 14, 2021

So now, in this new year, it’s a waiting game. As COVID-19 has killed close to 400,000 Americans, we wait to receive the vaccines that cutting-edge technology has given us in record time to help stanch this awful pandemic. Several million lucky folks – mostly health care workers and residents/staff of long-term nursing facilities –…

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