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Before You Forget, Women Are Not Granted Equal Rights under the Constitution

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 10, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


 Before You Forget, Women Are Not Granted Equal Rights under the Constitution

By AnnaMarie Houlis


2017 was quite a year, especially for women around the world (and universe). In retrospect, Peggy Whitson — the first woman to command the International Space Station — broke the U.S. record for the most cumulative days spent in orbit. A royal decree lifted the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The voices of workplace sexual harassment victims across the U.S. were finally heard via campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp. And studies show that women have moved into more leadership roles across all industries, including the male-dominated Silicon Valley with companies as big as PayPal.

But there is so much more to be done. In particular: Women still need to be granted equality under the law within the U.S. Constitution. Because, yup, an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is still a thing.

Initially the ERA was supported by republicans very strongly and was even in the republican party platform. It was overwhelmingly passed in 1971 in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. The proposed ban on discrimination based on sex read, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”  

It had a deadline by which 38 states needed to ratify it. It was ratified in only 35 states by the deadline. And, thus, designated equality for women failed to become a Constitutional protection.

"Many people who followed the struggle over the ERA believed — rightly in my view — that the Amendment would have been ratified by 1975 or 1976 had it not been for Phyllis Schlafly's early and effective effort to organize potential opponents," political scientist, Jane J. Mansbridge wrote in her book Why We Lost the ERA.

In 1980, support for the ERA was removed from the republican party platform. Flash forward to 2018, and we still don't have equal rights for women spelled out in the Constitution.

Enter: The Human Campaign, "an effort to get the ERA passed and ratified by 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote." The campaign believes that, 100 years after women got the right to vote, it's about time that every protection that men enjoy in the Constitution be applied to women, as well.

"There are strong indications that those charged with interpreting the Constitution as it is written don't believe that women are protected," writes Katie Packer Beeson, who is behind the campaign. "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg recently indicated that 'We the People' meant something very different during our country's formative years than we expect it to mean today. She said, 'If there is one amendment to add to the Constitution, it would be the ERA. I'd like to tell my granddaughters that they live in a country where men and women are actually of equal stature.'"

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had also said in September 2010: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."

While Ginsberg and Scalia didn't agree on much during their years on the Supreme Court, they'd always agreed that protection for women in the Constitution is not expressly provided. Today, activist and Actress Lina Esco, democratic operative Johanna Maska (President Obama's campaigns and White House), and republican operative Katie Packer Beeson (Mitt Romney's Deputy Campaign Manager) are behind the new campaign.

Their goals are simple: "Passing a Constitutional Amendment is designed to be difficult. It must have broad bipartisan support. The campaign won’t start in Hollywood or Washington. Instead it will start with uniting people across the U.S.," the campaign reads.

They will build a grassroots campaign employing the best of research, polling, infrastructure, and engagement, and unite unlikely parties engaging them in a discussion of equality. They'll use oxygen and momentum of #MeToo and Time Is Now, but collaborate with republicans and men to shift from the individual conversation to the institutional conversation — how we really bring about change for women. And they'll ratify the ERA by 2020, the 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote. A new coalition, new tactics and a new outcome. The fiscal sponsor is Hopewell Fund, a 501c3, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

By 2020, the ERA should grant women equal rights in the Constitution because it's long overdue.


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The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


 The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

By Annamarie Houlis


Quartz at Work recently resurrected a video of a young Steve Jobs talking about the one quality for which he looked when hiring at Apple. That one quality was passion.

Jobs believed that, instead of managing employees on how to do their work, leadership should have a vision and be able to articulate that vision so everyone else can understand it and work towards the same goal. In fact, Jobs goes on to explain that great employees shouldn't need to be managed, anyway — they should be able to manage themselves, if they're passionate and driven. And a core group of great people becomes "self policing."

That's why he promtly fired two "professional" managers Apple hired from outside the company at one point.

"It didn't work at all," he says in the video that's now making the rounds on YouTube. "Most of them were bozos. They knew how to manage, but they didn't know how to do anything."

To replace them, Jobs hired Debi Coleman, who had been working in a different department. She was an inexperienced 32-year-old who had a English literature degree. In the video, she calls the move a "big risk" and says that no one else would have given her the opportunity. Flash forward a few years and, after working as the company's manufacturing chief, Coleman went on to become Apple's CFO by age 35. 

"We wanted people that were insanely great at what they did, but were not necessarily those seasoned professionals," he explains. "But who had at the tips of their fingers and in their passion the latest understanding of where technology was and what they could do with that technology."

Watch the full video below.


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4 Ways Clever People Use Meetings To Increase Their Visibility

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 12, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018
4 Ways Clever People Use Meetings To Increase Their Visibility

By Ellie Nieves

In the workplace, meetings come in all shapes and sizes: there’s the in-person meeting, the conference call, the video conference and the informal pop up meeting at the coffee bar during break time. As pervasive as meetings are – they often get a bad rap in the workplace. Meetings are often viewed as a hindrance to productivity and something to be avoided at all costs. But, rather than think about meetings as a waste of time, think of them as a unique opportunity to showcase your leadership skills. After all, meetings are at the heart of how teams function and how businesses operate. If you want to increase your visibility and boost your credibility at work – meetings are the place to do it. Here is how:

1. Show Up: If you want to get ahead in your career, you have to be seen. People need to know who you are and what you bring to the table. The best way to do that is to show up at meetings. Showing up will allow you to become better known by your peers and others in your organization. Make sure the meeting is on your calendar and get there early. Arriving early gives you an opportunity to engage in the all-important informal chit chat that takes place before the meeting begins. It also gives you an opportunity to set the tone in the room by greeting everyone with a warm smile and a positive attitude.

2. Speak Up: At meetings, being seen is only half the battle. The other half is being heard. When you participate in a meeting, read the agenda before the meeting and show up prepared to make insightful and valuable recommendations that will move projects forward. Having a voice during meetings is important if you want to make a positive impression on key stakeholders.

3. Stand Up: Being agreeable isn’t always the best leadership strategy at a meeting. We need to stand for something. Don’t be afraid to stand up for a cause, an issue, a work plan, or strategy that you really believe in and know that you can apply yourself to. Standing up does not require confrontation or aggression. It does, however, require a level of confidence and assertiveness to express an opinion that might not be popular or to bring something to light that everyone is thinking, but are afraid to articulate.

4. Step Up: Many women in the workplace think that if they work “hard enough” at their current jobs that they will be noticed and eventually promoted. The reality is that working hard on your current assignments is not enough. Assess your competencies and volunteer for more challenging assignments that will highlight your skills and capabilities. New projects and leadership opportunities often emerge during meetings. Volunteering to take on a project that needs a leader during a meeting is a great way to demonstrate your willingness to take on new challenges. Not only will your work be commended if you do a good job, but your ability to step up when needed will be rewarded.

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How To Deal With An Unapproachable Boss

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018


How To Deal With An Unapproachable Boss

By Elizabeth Mack

You clench your fists and make an all-too-happy smile, attempting to mask your fear as you approach your boss. It’s only a quick question, you think, just a brief follow-up about last week’s meeting. But, deep down, you know the truth. Client lead or workplace emergency, you’ve left your boss’s office feeling dismissed and angry many times.

If this situation is all too familiar to you, chances are, you have an unapproachable boss. Unapproachable bosses come in all shapes and forms. They can be the too-busy-for-you workaholic, can’t-respond no-show, or you-don't-know-what-you're-doing know-it-all. Basically, unapproachable bosses have the obvious in common: They're difficult people, and you aren’t able to approach them. Either you don’t feel comfortable going to them or logistically aren’t capable of reaching them (i.e. They’re always on vacation or taking a flex day).

Consequently, walking on eggshells, preparing for a dismissive response, or wondering if they’ll be in today can leave you feeling stressed and miserable at a job you otherwise enjoy. Before you consider turning in your resignation letter, here are some tips on how to deal with your unapproachable boss—and keeping your emotions from getting the better of your.

Turn to Emotion-Focused or Problem-Focused Coping

Emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping are two main types of coping methods we use to deal with stress. We use emotion-focused coping to decrease our distress. While we turn to problem-focused coping when we know we can change the stressful situation and take steps in advance to prevent it from happening.

According to research, emotion-focused coping is best used when we can’t do anything about the stressful situation, while problem-focused coping is great for stressful situations that we can change.

Which Coping Strategy Can You Use?

To determine which coping strategy to use with your boss, decide if the stressor—your unapproachable boss’ behavior—is “changeable.”

In other words, could your boss be unaware of their behavior and how it affects you and other employees? If addressed, do you think your boss would modify their behavior? Or would they be open to problem-solving with you on ways to strengthen communication and expectations?

At the end of the day, you know your boss. From past experience and personality, you can determine if a straightforward heart-to-heart would work or do more harm than good. From there, you can determine which type of coping to use so you can get the most out of your job.

Use Problem-Focused Coping

If you know your boss would be receptive to hearing your feedback, use problem-focused coping, and set up a time to meet. The meeting won’t be effective if your boss (or you) put up defenses. Prevent this from happening by using “I” statements to avoid placing blame (e.g. “I feel stressed when I don’t receive a response from you on last-minute projects.”).

Use Emotion-Focused Coping

If the idea of having a one-on-one meeting with your boss is out of the question—her behavior is simply not going to change—use emotion-focused coping to accept and reframe your situation. What valuable lesson is your boss’s behavior teaching you? How can you use this lesson in your professional and personal life?

When Unapproachable Is Abusive

There’s a difference between a boss who routinely is out of the office and one who belittles and berates you. Know that some unapproachable bosses are abusive, and that under no circumstances should you have to tolerate emotional abuse. Create a paper trail, contact HR, leave your employer, and, if worst comes to worst, file a lawsuit.

Even if your unapproachable boss isn’t abusive and you still feel overly stressed at your job, you do not have to “suck it up” and stay. You don't need this kind of difficult person in your life. There are many rewarding jobs out there—where you don’t have to report to a difficult, unapproachable boss.

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10 Websites You Can Visit To Learn Something Every Day

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, March 29, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018

10 Websites You Can Visit To Learn Something Every Day

By Annamarie Houlis

The internet is chock full of distractive memes and social media black holes that suck us in and, before we know it, kill the little time we have in each day. But it's also full of learning content — content that proves to be quite productive to read. We spend a lot of our time with our noses in screens, so we might as well master some skills or learn a little bit about something new while we're at it.

To save you time and your sanity from scouring the internet for legitimately helpful resources, here's a curated list of informational blogs, tools, community platforms and online courses that'll teach you something every day.

1. Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura is a definitive guidebook that catalogs the world's most wondrous, obscure places. It boasts travel tips, articles and strange facts for those who've a keen curiosity about the world around them. You can learn something about places to which you've never been and people with whom you've never engaged from your living room — and be inspired to go see these destinations for yourself some day.

2. Calm

Calm teaches visitors to reduce anxietysleep better and, ultimately, feel happier. Visitors can take an array of meditation classes from the Relationship with Self series, to the Emotions series to the Breaking Habits series, and learn something about themselves each day.

3. HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks is an online blog that unpacks thousands of topics, from engines to lock picking, with videos and illustrations so visitors can learn exactly how stuff works. How are secured claims treated in bankruptcy? Is red wine really good for you? How does one get on a game show? Find out.

4. Rype

Rype is both a website and an app through which users can learn Spanish, English, French, German, Mandarin and more via handpicked professional language teachers around the world. You can book daily one-on-one lessons with teachers from anywhere in the world, and you can even book with multiple teachers to find out which one works best for you. You'll get seven days of private language lessons for $1 if you want to give it a try first; after, you'll be charged a weekly fee.

5. CreativeLive

Take online classes in photography, graphic design, DIY crafts, marketing, business and entrepreneurship anytime, anywhere. CreativeLive broadcasts more than 1,500 live classes taught by more than 650 experts to an international audience of more than 10 million from its dual headquarters in Seattle and San Francisco, where the company has four in-house production studios. 

6. Ted Talks

Visit Ted Talks for influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in more than 100 languages. Learn about solar energy, AI robots, the refugee crisis and more.

7.  Codeacademy

Whether you're a developer, someone building a blog or anyone looking to build their résumé with technical skills as the tech is evermore demanding in the workplace, you can come to Codeacademy to learn to code — for free. There are more than 45 million people around the world using this platform already.

8. Craftsy

Find endless tutorials and inspiration for quilting, knitting, baking, sewing, cooking, designing and more on Craftsy. You can find free online classes on how to operate a sewing machine to how to perfect a pizza at home, as well as free patterns and kits and tools available for purchase.

9. Yummly

If you love to cook but need some guidance in the kitchen, head over to Yummly. It customizes your experience to your personal tastes by learning what you like, your nutritional needs, your skill level and more. It also shares season, popular and easy recipes if you're looking to spice things up.

10. Highbrow

This email subscription will send you and 300,000 others 10-day, five-minute courses right to your inbox every morning. Featured courses include The Basics of Bitcoin, Mindful Eating, How to Travel Long Term/Full Time and more. 


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