Who Is Your Gender Guru?

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In this last episode of the season, I explore the concept of gender gurus – people of another gender who can shed light and share their experiences on how they view issues affecting gender equality. The idea of gender gurus is new to me and came from an article by Leah Fessler about Josh Felser, founder and partner at Freestyle VC. I think it’s genius, because we’re all experts in our own experiences and if we share those experiences with someone else, we expand our collective knowledge base. I think this has the potential to move us towards gender equality faster and in a way that works for all of us.

Your winter challenge: find a gender guru and have regular conversations about your experiences or gender topics of interest. If you connect with a gender guru, let me know at @UnravelingPink!

I dedicate this episode to my dad, who has been my lifelong gender guru.

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The Power of the Vote

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This special episode departs from our usual format to remind us of the privilege and responsibility of voting and shares the voices and perspectives of some awesome women about why voting is important to them. Please vote!

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Plus, A message from the Hamilton cast urging us to vote!

Too Soon? #MeToo Redemption

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What’s required to come back from a #MeToo incident? Time alone is not enough. This episode explores what a path to redemption might look like — it might include some atonement that shows humility and a desire to change. This episode also tackles some societal changes we might need to make to reduce the likelihood of #MeToo moments in the future. Listen in and see what you think, then let me know what changes you would suggest by emailing me at unravelingpink@gmail.com.

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Suggestion: Speak Up

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Why are we so afraid to speak up when someone makes a sexist remark? Or when we witness discrimination or inappropriate touching? The reasons are a bit different for men and women and some may surprise you. These reasons are explored in this episode, along with some suggestions of how to overcome the bystander effect and use your voice to move us forward to gender equality. Listen in.

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How Diverse Is Your Bookshelf?

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This week’s episode shines the spotlight on the representation of women on our big screens, little screens, conference daises, and bookshelves. It’s worth taking some time to consider the messages we receive from all forms of entertainment and education and whether we are getting a balanced view of the world. If you come to the realization that your bookshelf needs more female authors on it, never fear, we have a list of some favorite female authors and books. Check them out! Tweet your favorites to @UnravelingPink and we’ll add them to the list.

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The Unraveling Pink’s Brain Trust List of fav female authors and books:

  • Arundhati Roy, “God of Small Things”
  • Ntozage Shange, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf”
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Loung Ung, “First They Killed My Father”
  • Ayn Rand
  • Kate Germano, “Fight Like A Girl”
  • Julie Kratz, “ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality”
  • Amy Waninger, “Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career”
  • Jennifer Brown, “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & the Will to Change”
  • Iris Bohnet, “What Works: Gender Equality by Design”

Another list of favorite female-authored business books:

  • Shona Brown and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, “Competing on the Edge:  Strategy as Structured Chaos”
  • Andrea Kates, “Find Your Next: Using the Business Genome Approach to Find your Company’s Next Competitive Edge”
  • Angeles Arrien, “The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary”
  • Rayona Sharpnack, “Trade Up: Five Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership and Your Life from the Inside Out”
  • Gail Larsen, “Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story”