Posts Categorized: feminism

Reader Request: Smart vs. Pretty

Reader Judy sent me this request via e-mail:

One of my fellow engineering students made the comment that girls in engineering are either “hot” and dumb, or really smart, socially awkward, and “ugly.” Upon remembering that I am, indeed, a girl, he babbled something about a happy medium, but the meaning was nonetheless clear. Time spent with power tools can limit my skirt and dress wearing, but I like to believe that I can be perceived as a woman, even an attractive woman, and also as competent and intelligent. read more

Originally posted 2011-08-09 06:22:31.

Reader Request: Self-worth and Outside Input

Reader Christine sent me this question via e-mail, and although it’s not strictly style or body-image related, it hit so close to home for me, I felt I should share our correspondence:

What if someone feels bad about him/herself, not because of body/appearance insecurities, but rather accomplishment/intellectuality insecurities? What would you suggest to help that person back on a path to self love? For example, the university student who can’t forgive herself for her terrible GPA, and since she valued herself based on her intellectuality, now feels as though she has no worth? Or the career woman who has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is and was passed up for that promotion (or worse, demoted) and now feels as though she has no value? read more

Originally posted 2011-09-19 06:10:13.

Invite a Woman to Lead

Several months ago, I attended a women business leaders networking/happy hour event. A friend had forwarded me the invite, and I figured, hey, why not? It was actually a bit comic as the event was being thrown by an internal group at Target corporate, and I’m 99% sure I was the only non-Target employee present. I crashed a Target party, you guys. Luckily everyone was LOVELY and didn’t make fun of me. At least, not to my face.

The networking event was a follow-up to a lunchtime presentation by the president of the White House Project, Tiffany Dufu. I wasn’t aware of the luncheon and therefore couldn’t crash it, which bums me out as the White House Project is utterly amazing and I would’ve loved to hear Dufu’s speech. Luckily, she attended the networking event and although she only said about four sentences, one of them is still resonating within me. read more

Originally posted 2013-03-29 06:13:10.