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June 6, 2010
Today, the second and final part of Gail Griffin's report on this year's Mediabistro Circus, held in New York on May 20.   Brand Managers R Us: Michela O'Connor Abrams, Dwell What does it take to be successful as a new startup media brand these...
June 3, 2010
Mediabistro’s Circus conference on May 20 featured “Visionaries & Provocateurs: Women in Media & Tech.” Here is part one of our two-part look at highlights from the conference. From the Village Voice to Haute Couture: Susan Lyne, Gilt...
May 28, 2010
For speechwriters, Memorial Day marks the end of the annual college commencement address season, a ritual that begins with the highest hopes and generally ends in disappointment — commencement speeches, while almost always earnest, are rarely...
May 25, 2010
Beyond Female Support Networks: In the May 12, 2010 online Harvard Business review, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy (CWLP), writes about recent corporate efforts to promote more women to top...
May 18, 2010
In its April 2010 issue, Scientific American described a recent UCLA study about the ways men and women respond to stress. We've all heard a lot about the "fight or flight" stress response, but researcher and psychologist Mara Mather says that...
May 12, 2010
Last December writer James Chartrand of Men with Pens attracted both support and criticism when she revealed that she was actually a she, not a he. The shock was not that she'd done it — many women writers have used male pseudonyms over the years —...
May 9, 2010
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and, with just a hint of irony, it was also the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill. In Saturday’s New York Times Gail Collins wrote a wonderful, wry column about this strange simultaneity, as...
May 6, 2010
My love of words began early, thanks to my mom. Perhaps it was the example she set, curled up with a cup of tea and a good book — almost always a mystery — or Friday evening “reading nights,” when she allowed me and my younger brothers and sister to...
May 2, 2010
Two arms of Harvard recently have weighed in on the male-female pay gap. From the online edition of the Harvard Business Review we have a short but powerful slide show titled “Investigating the Pay Gap.” This slide, for example, looks at the impact...
April 26, 2010
After Women's History month in March, and having attended so many women’s events, I find myself reflecting on “the tipping point.” In many ways, we are at its cusp, with people of both genders recognizing that the empowerment of women and girls is...
April 22, 2010
Buying “stuff” may be good for the economy — but it’s awful for the environment. Just ask Annie Leonard. As Director of The Story of Stuff Project, she’s built a career spreading the word that our constant consumption of “stuff” is destroying our...
April 15, 2010
It’s April 15 and with the 40th Matrix Awards ceremony just a few days away, it’s a good time to review what’s been happening with women’s income over the last four decades. We have good news and bad news. As the U.S. Census Bureau chart below...
April 12, 2010
On Monday, April 19, New York Women in Communications will host our 40th Annual Matrix Awards ceremony. Throughout this month, Aloud will look at some of the changes in women’s lives in those four decades. Today’s topic: changes in women’s...
March 31, 2010
Esther Chavez marshaled determination and communications skills to bring the plight of the disappeared and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico, to the attention of the world. The girls were strewn in a dusty irrigation ditch in an unused cotton field...
March 30, 2010
When we think of women pioneers in broadcasting, the image that comes to many is Barbara Walters when she joined Harry Reasoner at the ABC Evening News desk in 1976. But long before flickering televisions lit up Americans’ living rooms, a woman...

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