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.
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 email@example.com.
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What could be more unique to each of us than our voices? Yet, many of us get criticized for how we sound. In the business world, it is often women whose voices are criticized, forcing women who want to be taken seriously to adjust their voices – those peculiarly unique to them – to be more masculine. This episode explores voices, criticism of voices, and some of the biology that impacts how we sound. Listen in…
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This episode explores emotion and the workplace, in particular, the value of emotion for leaders. My conclusion: we should encourage more emotion at work, and accept it equally regardless of the identity of the person expressing it. Do you agree? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources from this episode:
- Tina Young, 5 Feminine Traits Conscious Leaders Cultivate
- Daina Middleton, Grace Meets Grit
- Serena Williams video
- John McEnroe video
- David K. Williams, Forbes.com, 7/18/2013, “The Best Leaders Are Vulnerable“
- Kurt Bardella, USA Today, 9/9/2018, “Sexism Cost Serena William Tennis Title; Men Celebrated for Worse“
- David Gelles, NY Times, 8/19/2018, “Elon Musk Interview“
- Katie Heaney, The Cut, 6/7/2018 “The Single Easiest Way to Control Your Emotions at Work“
- Nell Scovel, Oprah.com, “For Any Woman Who’s Been Told She’s Too Emotional At Work“
- Amy Nelson, Forbes.com, 8/29/2018, “Elon Musk Cries About His Tears“
- Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 8/2018, “Elon Musk New York Times Interview“
- Victoria L Brescoll and Eric Luis Uhlmann, Harvard Kennedy School study (2008), “Can An Angry Woman Get Ahead“