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Hillary and the feminine-leadership mystique

Posted on Oct 18, 2016

After the debate, TV pundits opined that Hillary should smile, but not like that

After the debate, TV pundits opined that Hillary should smile, but not like that

Sometimes satire is exactly the crowbar we need to get right inside the truth. We absolutely loved Sarah Cooper’s hilarious Nine Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women, which went viral just over a month ago and which might be even more timely than ever, given what is happening in politics in the United States right now.

Leaving aside for the moment the tweets, the memes and the hot-mic videos, we can tell you that as Hillary first faced into debate season with The Donald, a lot of us were personally quite petrified for her. (more…)

Is thought leadership important?

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

Is thought leadership important?

Sandra Mara tells Margaret E. Ward why it’s important to follow your dreams

Is thought leadership important?

Thought leadership is having a moment, but what is it and is it important?

In the second edition of our Broadly Speaking podcast, we asked Karl Deeter, columnist and financial analyst with Irish Mortgage Brokers, and Sandra Healy, head of enterprise and customer delivery with Vodafone, to tell us what they thought.

So what is thought leadership?

Here’s Sandra’s definition: “When a company or an individual have a unique or different perspective on something and they take that perspective and they inspire others with their knowledge, expertise or passion around that particular topic.”

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How to avoid the tiara trap

Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Aine Kerr tells Margaret E. Ward why women need to move outside their comfort zone

Aine Kerr tells Margaret E. Ward why women need to move outside their comfort zone

How to avoid the tiara trap

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. That’s media innovator Aine Kerr’s motto in life.

Every time she finds herself getting too comfortable, she starts looking for a greater challenge. Then, she pushes herself beyond the boundaries, and on to a higher order.

In the very first episode of the Broadly Speaking podcast, she tells host Margaret E. Ward how that guiding principle led to her new role as Manager of Journalism Partnerships with Facebook.

“The one thing you’ve got to get right is to make sure that you are happy in your work,” she says.

“Be fulfilled and be ambitious for yourself. I have always allowed myself that luxury.”

Ask for help

It might sound counterintuitive, but the most powerful thing a woman in the workplace can do is to ask for help. (more…)

Could the next Steve Jobs be a woman?

Posted on Jan 8, 2016

What would the first woman to be made a postwoman (or letter carrier) in New York, exactly 100 years ago, think of women's progress?

The first woman postman in New York – exactly 100 years ago. What would she think of women’s progress?

If the women of 1916 were around today, what would they think of us? This woman (pictured left) became the first postwoman in New York exactly 100 years ago. Closer to home, the Irish revolutionaries of that momentous year would surely have celebrated her achievement.

Fast forward to 2016. Would those pioneers find reasons to be cheerful? Yes – and no. Think that’s too cynical? Well, as suggested by Kimberly Weisul of Inc.com, try this experiment: “Name five iconic entrepreneurs.”

Could the next Steve Jobs be a woman?

Actually, she adds, don’t bother because every year Inc ranks the top businesses and entrepreneurs and here are some of the answers: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg and Tony Hsieh make the list sometimes too.

Are you spotting a trend yet? So why do men continue do top the rankings? (more…)

Why it’s okay to be a badass woman

Posted on Nov 14, 2015

“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’

I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has admitted that, until recently, she didn’t negotiate as powerfully as a man might because she was afraid of being seen as not “likeable”.

“I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’,” she wrote in an essay for Lenny, Lena Dunham and TV producer Jenni Konner’s new feminist blog earlier this month.

“[Then] I saw the payroll on the internet [after the 2014 Sony email hack, where multiple actors’ salaries were revealed] and realised every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’.”

Bitch or doormat?

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Women are still not heard

Posted on Sep 30, 2015

Ireland is still 20 years behind other countries when it comes to women’s voices being heard

Ireland is still 20 years behind other countries when it comes to women’s voices being heard

Women are still not heard

When it comes to rebalancing the scales of gender representation, things may be starting to change.

However, Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright says Ireland is still 20 years behind other European countries when it comes to women’s voices being heard.

In a recent RTE One radio interview with Miriam O’Callaghan, Enright said women are still underrepresented in the Irish literary world, where, she says, the voice of the writer remains predominantly male. (more…)

A victory for women broadcasters

Posted on Sep 2, 2015

Women broadcasters are making some progress - but there is still a way to go

Women broadcasters are making some progress – but there is still a way to go

But the war is far from won

Is it time to throw our hats in the air to celebrate the success of women broadcasters in Ireland?

Audiences for programmes presented by women are up. And new shows targeted at women are being launched.

It’s tempting to think that women are finally being equally represented in the media.

Alas, that’s still not the case. But first the good news.

Women presenters win listeners

According to the latest JNLR figures, Claire Byrne’s audience on RTÉ Radio One has increased by 25,000 while Miriam O’Callaghan’s audience has grown by 12,000. (more…)

Stay tuned for more on women podcasters

Posted on Aug 5, 2015

Have women's found their digital voice?

Podcaster Roisin Ingle is leading the way in Ireland

Are women finding their digital voice?
The most popular podcast in the world, Serial, a gripping true-crime show, is hosted by Sarah Koenig and co-produced by Julie Snyder.

Newcomer to the download scene, science show Invisibilia, is fronted by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller.
So women are finding their digital voice, then? Well, sort of.

Men still dominate
Two years ago, podcast-delivery app Stitcher found that just 30 percent of their most popular podcasts were hosted by women. While things have improved, a scan of Stitcher’s top 100 list shows men still dominate. (more…)

Women an endangered species in tech sector

Posted on Jun 19, 2015

women an endangered species in tech sector

Where are all the women in the tech sector?

Women an endangered species in tech sector

Women are still an endangered species in the tech sector – but things could be starting to change.
On June 20, the Girls Hack Ireland Hackathon takes place in Dublin as part of the Inspire Fest 2015.
The event aims to introduce girls to female mentors working in science, engineering, technology and maths sectors and show them that tech can be fun.

Male-dominated digital economy
But the digital economy is still very male-dominated.
The figures are stark.
Nearly twice as many Irish women qualified with degrees in computer science in the 1980s as they do now.
And the numbers of teenage girls choosing the so-called STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) continues to fall, from 47% ten years ago to 40% today. (more…)

Why women talk less in public

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Why women speak less in public

Women’s public voice is not heard

Why women talk less in public

If you want to know why women talk less in public – and they do – let’s go right back to the first recorded example of a man telling a woman to ‘shut up’.

At the very start of Western literature you’ll find an interesting (but depressingly familiar) demonstration of how a young man puts his older, wiser mother in her place in Homer’s Odyssey.

When Penelope issues an instruction to the bards in her home, Telemachus says: “Mother, go back up into your quarters, and take up your own work, the loom and the distaff … speech will be the business of men, all men, and of me most of all; for mine is the power in this household.” (more…)

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