I’m filling in for John Sumser on this week’s 5 links. Here are some additional resources to my piece on Monday, Personal Questions: Women and Work. Thank you for all your comments, shares and tweets. Your attention and kind words are precious gifts.
For some perspective, an article from the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at Rochester College. It’s been less than a 100 years since US women got the right to vote, and only slightly longer since women were property. Here’s a wonderful quote by Susan B Anthony:
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.”
Penelope Trunk looks at her high tech career and the choices she made to down-shift after having kids. She says: “Sheryl Sandberg gives up her kids like movie stars give up food: she wants a great career more than anything else.”
Ann-Marie Slaughter, another lawyer, also looks at Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean-In in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Slaughter takes a balanced look at the issues and book, finding Sandberg’s message, to believe you can do it all, is a good one, if not entirely realistic for everyone. She also challenges business to lean in and do their part.
The Pew Research Center just released their survey results on what it’s like to be a parent today. The survey confirms what we all know: It’s hard to be a working parent for both moms and dads. Especially interesting were working parent’s priorities which are: 1. Job Security; 2. A Job They Enjoy; and 3. Flexible Schedule. All came before a high paying job.
If you want to read about what it’s really like to be human, read Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar column at Rumpus.com, and her new book, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life by Dear Sugar. You will feel braver, stronger, and not so alone in the world.
- HRExaminer Radio: Industry News and Commentary. Fridays @ 11am PST (2pm EST)
- HRTech Europe: Spring Warm up (London, March 19-20, 2013) Get a 15% discount with Code SUMLND15
- The Frontier Project: Re imagining the Future of HR(Omaha, May 20-21) “Wanted: Innovators, creators, culture hackers, workplace revolutionaries and leaders who can no longer stand idly by as talent is squandered.”
- The HR Technology Conference (Las Vegas, Oct. 7-9, 2013) The HR Tech Industry’s town hall with Bill Kutik and cohost Steve Boese