These stylish bags help women in politics—and they’re selling out as the 2020 race gets more male

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All proceeds will go to She Should Run, a nonprofit that helps women run for elected office. It’s been a turbulent few years for groups fighting for better representation of women in politics. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton appeared to be on track to become America’s first female president before losing to Donald Trump (despite winning the popular vote). Now history is repeating itself: Over the past few weeks, it’s become increasingly unlikely that a female candidate will clinch the 2020 Democratic nomination. The nonprofit She Should Run , along with the cult fashion brands MZ Wallace and Lingua Franca , have a message for women who are frustrated in their fight to break the highest glass ceiling: You’ve still got this. Read Full Story

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How Big Is the Gender Gap Between Men and Women in SEO?

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon To anyone working in SEO, it’s fairly evident that this is a male-dominated industry. Although there are powerful women SEOs in the field (like Moz CEO Sarah Bird, for example), if you glance at a conference speaker lineup or peruse the bylines on search-related blogs, you’ll see that those who identify as female are few and far between. A recent list of the 140 most influential SEOs featured 104 men and just 36 women. So how big is the gender gap? And how does it translate to tangible things like pay and job titles? To find out, we mined the data from our State of SEO 2020 survey , which featured 652 SEOs in 51 countries. Here are some of the things we learned. But first, a mea culpa. If SEOs who identify as women have an uphill climb in this industry, there’s no doubt that female-identifying …

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Dear VCs: COVID-19 isn’t an excuse to backslide on gender equality

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The CEO of All Raise says venture investors mustn’t fall back on old habits that historically have excluded women and people of color. As CEO of All Raise, a two-year-old nonprofit formed to accelerate the success of female founders and funders, I have spent a lot of time over the last few days speaking with female founders in the network. My advice to them has been blunt: If you can, pause your fundraising efforts unless you are getting a fair deal. You have one shot of getting on the right footing with an investor. This is sound advice, but it still pains me to give it. Because I know the odds are already stacked against female founders when it comes to fundraising. Read Full Story

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Public health is in crisis. Design thinking could help

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“Together designers and public health professionals can make a great impact on people’s health.” Martelle Esposito is the founding president and CEO of Mothership, a nonprofit platform for millenial parents seeking health information. She’s also the the senior program manager at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Research Innovation Laboratory for Enhancing WIC Services (HPRIL). She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women , a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry. Read Full Story

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Why so many women in tech get told they’re ‘not strategic’

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A female tech executive breaks down what’s really going on when qualified women are hit with this often-bogus claim. When former Pinterest COO Francoise Brougher wrote last month about “rampant discrimination, hostile work environment, and misogyny” at the company she once led, her story cut to the quick for many women in tech. Brougher was fired in April after a successful two-year tenure when, she says, she spoke up about gender discrimination at the male-dominated social media giant. She has since filed suit . Read Full Story

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Gen X women navigating the last workplace taboo can help Gen Z age in public

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The CEO of a creative agency says, “This taboo is just one of many that women in the workforce face, as we’re pressured to avoid discussing gynecologist appointments, mammograms, childcare obligations, or anything that might remind the office that you are a female.” A good friend recently turned 50 and, naturally, she considered throwing a party to celebrate the big day. But when she told a female colleague about her plans, the colleague warned her that she might want to keep her big birthday to herself, as it could “seriously undermine” her status at work. Read Full Story

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How industries can deliver transformational change for Black professionals

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As a Black female professional, this VP of strategy explains how she had to fight every day to be seen, heard, taken seriously, and viewed as competent and capable. Here are three things companies can do to change that for others. There’s nothing like a videoconference grid to remind you that you are the only one. I have spent the majority of my time in corporate America as the only one on a team, in the room, and one of only a few within an organization. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 has been harder on women business owners. These 11 resources can help

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From offering grants to helping with loans, many organizations have mobilized to support female entrepreneurs during the global pandemic. For years female entrepreneurs have fought for their seat at the table, and they’ve made magnificent strides. A 2019 report published by American Express found that majority women-owned businesses now make up 42% of all businesses, employing 9.4 million workers—up from just 4% of businesses and 230,000 workers in the 1970s . Read Full Story

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