Artist/Mother, An Uneasy Marriage

A new documentary film explores the tension between being a mother and building a career as an artist.

No Plans to Retire, Even at 100

Mildred Heath, a 100-year-old journalist and publisher from Nebraska, wins an "America's Oldest Worker" award and discusses her career in a YouTube video.

Law Firms Get Rated on Female Friendliness

A celebration in honor of the second annual survey of the country's best law firms for women highlights progress, as well as trouble spots.

Happy Anniversary, Shifting Careers

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Shifting Careers blog, a top 10 list of favorite posts.

Shifting Careers Now Has a Blog

New York Times columnist, Marci Alboher, starts Shifting Careers blog.

Shifting Careers Now Has a Blog

New York Times columnist, Marci Alboher, starts Shifting Careers blog.

Shifting Careers Now Has a Blog

New York Times columnist, Marci Alboher, starts Shifting Careers blog.

Women & Work…People are Still Talking

I don’t have time to listen or watch every audio or visual doodad I encounter in a blog entry, so I imagine even some of my most loyal Heymarci readers didn’t listen to the podcast I posted yesterday after I went on Karen Salmansohn’s radio show for a discussion on women/work/balance/fit/glass walls/fish and lots of other good stuff.

I still hope you’ll to find some time to listen to it; but if you can’t, this is your lucky day because Hannah Seligson, a smart young writer whose work I just discovered, nicely summarized the whole thing. She also highlighted the new word, “imperfectionist,” I coined during that radio talk. Read the post, and work on becoming an imperfectionist. I think it is the key to achieving happiness.

Deborah Siegel also blogged about the podcast this morning over at Girl With Pen. Deborah is a thought leader and excellent resource on pretty much anything related to women’s issues, so I was tickled to see my name in one of her posts.

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Women talking….about women


Last week I took part in a radio chat with a smart and opinionated group of about writer/thinkers about what’s going on with women these days. Think Chris Mathews’ Hardball meets The View.

The panel was hosted by Karen Salmansohn, the author of 29 books and host of the daily radio show, “Be Happy, Dammit” on the Lime channel of Sirius.

The other guests were Eve Tahmincioglu, author of From the Sandbox to the Corner Office/columnist for MSNBC.com; Cali Williams Yost, work+life strategy consultant/author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You; and Leslie Bennetts, contributing writer at Vanity Fair/author of The Feminine Mistake.
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What’s Going on With Women?


This week my Shifting Careers column, “Women Build Businesses Their Way,” will appear in two places, its traditional online home at the New York Times online, and as the Thursday Small Business feature in the print edition of the paper. It’s about Ladies Who Launch, a social networking group for entrepreneurial women, and the bigger subject of whether women run their businesses (and their lives) differently than men. As I reported this story, I could have taken quite a few detours since the topic was rich. And I have a feeling it’s a subject I’ll be circling around for a while.

A few interesting links I stumbled on while working on this story:

  • A great post at Blogher, about different approaches to corporate women’s networks: “BusinessWeek Takes a Second Look at Women’s Networks”
  • “The Real Reason So Few Women,” a post from Marty Nemko (who has appeared in my Coach’s Roundtable) about why there are so few women at the top. Perhaps it’s just that women want different things than men, or that we have differing definitions of “the top.” Marty’s archives are encyclopedic. He’s got an article or a handful of articles on pretty much any work-related topic you’ve ever thought of. And often, they are smart and provocative, like this one.
  • Penelope Trunk, whose archives are also rich with smart posts, wrote this post last week about male CEOS.
  • Commentary from The Center for Women’s Business Research, that “. . . both sides (of the opt-out debate) ignore what at least some of these women are doing at home in addition to raising their children: they are starting businesses. Read more here.

I have a feeling we are closing in on a time when referring to a feminine style of doing business might be seen as a compliment.

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