Even if you couldn’t attend the exclusive Forbes 2018 Women’s Summit, you can still take away some of the main lessons from the event surrounding purpose and identity.
At Gild Collective we love reading books to educate, entertain, and make us think more deeply on the topics we care about. We also love our community of women who want to empower themselves and others in the workplace. We are so excited to combine these two passions in our new blog series: Gild Book Club!
Every month we will announce the book we will be reading as a community and at the end of the month, we will post our reflections and take-aways as well as ask questions to think about and respond to together. You can read with us solo, or grab women in your workplace or friends and read it together!
This month we will be reading Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine. In this book, Fine draws on research in neuroscience and psychology to debunk the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains. She unravels the evidence behind the claims that men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy, and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.
We will be posting our takeaways on July 31st, so you have all month to dive in. To keep you on track, here is a general guideline of what we’ll be reading each week so you can finish along with us!
July 3-10: Chapters 1-5
July 11-17: Chapters 6-11
July 18-24: Chapters 12-16
July 25-31: Chapter 18-21
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Here are the facts:
Ocean’s 8 has a star-studded, female-focused cast.
Ocean’s 8 hit #1 at the box office, bringing in $41.5 million domestically opening weekend.
Most of the other things you will read about the film are based on opinion, and so is everything else I am about to say.
When we explore the socially constructed gender norms for men and women, it does not take long to recognize that the ideal behavior for men aligns with key characteristics we expect to see in leaders, while the ideal behavior for women aligns with the supporting roles. This is especially true when we outline expectations for how each gender communicates.
Some stories inspire you. Some educate you. Some enrage you. Some make you sad. Some fill you with joy. Some leave you wanting more. This American Life is great at finding and telling stories that do all of these things, and more.
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Last year, our friend Christine Luken wrote a guest post here on our blog. The topic: Owning Your Financial Power. I took her advice to heart and felt that I had at least accomplished two of her recommendations—I had a good relationship with money, and I had (mostly) gotten over that pesky habit of undervaluing myself. I knew that there were areas where I could advance my financial literacy but that I was doing a good job in other areas.
What I have been reminded of recently with new research coming out is that I can always learn more, get more comfortable, and share that with others.
Although I will no longer be working for Gild, as a female entering the workforce, I promise to take their ideals and mission with me and do my part to press for progress.
Amy Schumer’s movie “I Feel Pretty” is not about appearances, it is about confidence.