believe in your dreams

My everyday jewelry includes three bracelets with phrases that I like to focus on throughout my day. One of those bracelets simply states, “Believe.” Although it was an Origami Owl Christmas product, I find that it suits me well every day. Every time I look down, I am reminded to believe in myself and to believe in my dreams.   When I talk about believing, I mean believing in something that defies all the odds. It’s not like saying “I… Read more »

equal pay day

Although Women’s History month ended a few days ago, I wanted to end my celebration with a discussion about Equal Pay Day. Statistics show that women are systematically paid less than men for doing the same job. As a matter of fact, women may only be paid around 70% of what men are paid for the same position.   I have not had access to the detailed data from which these statistics were derived. In my mind, there can be… Read more »

embracing femininity

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with the idea of femininity. It’s not that I ever wanted to be anything other than female, but I didn’t feel like I fit the mold of what society portrayed as female. I liked playing with G.I. Joe and Matchbox cars as much as I liked dolls. I hated floral prints and the color pink. I wanted to be an astronaut instead of a princess. I never daydreamed about getting married and having… Read more »

feminism

  What is feminism? Why does it matter? Sometimes I find it hard to think of myself as a feminist. I’m never sure that the definition fits me. In fact, media portrayal of feminism makes me cringe. Of course, I am on the side of women. Gender, hair color, skin color, or any other adjective should define a person’s opportunity set. I completely relate to something Maya Angelou once said about being a feminist because she’s been female all her life,… Read more »

inspirational women of instagram

  This weekend I noticed that I reached 1,000 posts on Instagram. In honor of this major life achievement, I decided to share five inspirational women I follow on Instagram. Obviously, I should be one of the inspirational women you follow, so go hit that follow button if you haven’t done it already.     Emma Watson Emma is obviously an amazing actress, but she is also a global advocate for women’s rights   2. phd_fashionista Andrea is a scientist… Read more »

women's history month role model

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about role models. I feel like it is especially important today to point out who good role models are for young girls. For instance, I’d prefer for my daughter to say she wants to grow up to be like Emma Watson and not like one of the Kardashians. Is there a woman you look to as a role model?       It might come as a surprise for me to admit that… Read more »