Women’s Voices in the New Year

January 2, 2022

Traditionally, the new year is viewed as a time of rebirth.  We’ve taken stock of our losses and are ready to begin our lives anew – with vim, vigor, and vitality.  And hope. Except that, after enduring two years of death and disruption caused by the coronavirus, a new, extremely contagious variant called Omicron has…

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2021: Win, Lose, or Draw?

December 9, 2021

The year 2021 was a mixed bag for women, with momentous gains notched alongside disheartening losses.   On the plus side, we saw the first woman – who is also the first woman of color – sworn in as Vice President of the United States. We saw a historic number of women take their seats in…

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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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As I Was Saying…

June 3, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages, many of us have learned to work virtually, engaging in teleconferencing and staying glued to our digital devices. The U.S. Supreme Court has done likewise. On May 4, because of the pandemic, the high court kicked off an historic two-week teleconference session that was largely considered a success. But guess…

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Women in the Time of COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Back in 1965, future British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously declared, “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Years earlier, Eleanor Roosevelt opined that “Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until they are in hot water.” We are all in…

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The Unsettling Truth

August 12, 2019

If you are a white man, you have an excellent chance of being elected/appointed to a governing board at one of South Carolina’s 10 public universities. If you are a woman, however, don’t get your hopes up. Here are the unsettling numbers, as compiled last month by statehouse.com: the governing boards of South Carolina’s public…

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