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Kamala Harris: Boldly Smashing One Of The Highest, Hardest Glass Ceilings

On Jan 21, 2021 2:01:53 PM

/ Andrea Simon

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                                                                                                Photo credit: Joshua Roberts of Reuters/CNNpolitics

Finally it happened. 

We now have our first female vice president. Our first Black vice president. Our first South Asian vice president. Our first Second Gentleman. Our first Jewish vice presidential spouse. Such a lot of firsts!

Amazingly, 158 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 101 years after women were granted the right to vote, Kamala Devi Harris stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with her husband Doug Emhoff as the newly sworn-in vice president of the United States.

At a perilous time when our country is beset by disease and death on a massive scale, economic disaster, unprecedented political polarization, catastrophic unemployment, a climate change crisis, immigration unrest and a host of other issues, who better to stand by our new president's side, ready to work shoulder-to-shoulder, than a woman? And aren't we glad it's this woman?

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It's Time For Women To Rewrite The Stories Of Success

On Jan 12, 2021 8:37:05 AM

/ Andrea Simon

, women leaders, smashing myths, rethinking women in business

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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No Women Coaches In The NBA? Yeah, Becky Hammon Changed That.

On Jan 5, 2021 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

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Photo courtesy of Texas Monthly

"We didn't hire Becky to make history," Popovich said. "She earned it."

When Becky Hammon joined the San Antonio Spurs pro basketball team as an assistant coach in 2014—the first woman in NBA history to hold this position—Barack Obama congratulated her on Twitter. Boy, have times changed!

And when the Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected from a December 30th game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Hammon replaced him to become the first woman to act as head coach in a regular-season NBA game. More change!

Barriers being broken, glass ceilings being smashed

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Do Women In Sports Know How To Smash Myths? You Betcha

On Dec 18, 2020 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

, women leaders, smashing myths, rethinking women in business

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!

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Ready To Smash Some Myths About Women In Business?

On Dec 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

, women leaders, smashing myths, rethinking women in business

I could not be more thrilled that my new book, "Rethink: Smashing The Myths of Women in Business," is now published! Get your copy here.

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

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Fearless Women Leading Protests And Shattering Stereotypes

On Oct 13, 2020 11:56:32 AM

/ Andrea Simon

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Photo courtesy of EPA, via Shutterstock

Smashing another myth again!

The Sunday New York Times published an article on October 11th entitled, "In Belarus, Women Led the Protests and Shattered Stereotypes," which points out how women are changing the face of politics, creating new norms and shattering deeply entrenched gender stereotypes built up over generations.

“Women were stronger in this situation” said Tatiana N. Kotes, a film production designer and activist. “We had to assume a more significant role. Men’s dominating role in the society has collapsed.”

Fearlessly standing up to a bully by the thousands

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