It's out! My new book, "Rethink: Smashing The Myths of Women in Business," is now published and available wherever books are sold. You can get your copy here. I am thrilled that it's now out in the world, telling the stories of 11 women, myself included, who refused to believe the myths that (male-dominated) society was telling them about their capabilities and what they could and couldn't do. Today, women all over the world are stepping out, taking the lead, and pursuing their dreams and ambitions, not allowing gender biases to stop them.
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It's happening! Glass ceilings are being smashed and myths debunked
By now you've probably heard the news: Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins as the first-ever female General Manager of a Major League Baseball team. What a terrific acknowledgement of Ng's credentials and experience, built up over decades. But alongside all the cheers, I found myself asking, "Why did it take so long to smash baseball's glass ceiling and let a woman in?”
Carrying the torch for an entire generation looking to Ng as a trailblazer
I was recently interviewed by The Sun in the UK for a very timely and much-needed article about how to spot that a loved one is lonely and how to help. Has a spouse, a parent, a child, a grandparent, or others whom you care about seemed withdrawn lately? Are they behaving differently as a result of the pandemic and all the isolation it has caused? We've all been through a lot this year, but some are finding it particularly hard to cope. Here are some ways you can help combat the loneliness and be a source of support and comfort. Read the article here.
Ways you can spot if your loved ones are struggling
The women’s national soccer team celebrating after winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup
In the early 1970s, two significant events had a major effect on women’s sports
First, Title IX, a clause of the 1972 Federal Education Amendments, was signed into law on June 23, 1972. Groundbreaking at the time, it stated that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Although Title IX applies to a variety of programs, it has received the most attention for its impact on athletics, especially at the college sports level.
Second, in 1973 women broke away from the old, structured, male-controlled United States Tennis Association (USTA) and founded the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to "create a better future for women's tennis," spearheaded by Billie Jean King. This innovative organization (which today we might call disruptive) has its origin in the 1970 Virginia Slims Invitation, the first women-only tournament which was held to protest the unfair distribution of prize money at tennis events. At the time, professional women tennis players earned about one-fifth the prize money of men. In fact, at the Pacific Southwest Championships which took place at the same time as the Virginia Slims Invitation, the pay discrepancy was even worse: an 8:1 ratio split in prize money awarded to men vs. women. Starting with nine players, the WTA now has more than 2,500 players from nearly 100 countries competing for $146 million in prize money. As its original tournament was sponsored by Virginia Slims, it really is true you've come a long way, baby!
Why is this book important? Because it comes at a time when women leaders all over the world are boldly asserting their right to persue their dreams, whatever those dreams may be — whether it's their careers, their personal lives, who they want to be. It tells the stories of 11 amazing women, including myself, who refused to accept the outdated myths and biases that told them, "No, you can't do that." Guess what? They smashed right through those myths and became great successes. Aren't we glad.
Ready to smash some myths?
To give you a taste of the issues I discuss and then debunk in the book, I offer here a synopsis of the first few paragraphs from the Introduction. Enjoy, order your copy, join our Rethink Facebook group and come celebrate with us at the launch party February 16th! Register here. And don't forget to tag us when you review the book: #RethinkWomeninBusiness