March 11, 2012

A song for the less than perfect among us

 We celebrated women on March 8 with International Women's Day, but I think we should celebrate women, ourselves, and each other every day. "Perfect" by Pink takes us through those imperfect days to straight to the celebration. And that is why "Perfect" was chosen for Music Sunday at Experience Optimism. You might even say that it is the song of the week.

    

As part of the awareness for women that peppered the week, Girl Scout's former CEO, Kathy Cloninger, was quoted on Fast Company declaring that we need a "Decade of the Girl" in order to raise awareness and esteem, and to jumpstart parity between the genders. Although women make up 49% of the total workforce, the Institute for Women's Policy Research reports that at the current rate, women's and men's salaries will not reach parity until 2056.

Women can't count on raising awareness to make a difference. There is some personal responsibility required. Some thoughts include, know yourself, don't be afraid to scrap, channel emotion and dominate, or at least take charge of office politics. And one of the hardest, but most important pieces of advice in my opinion that women must be ready to take: go to where the opportunities are. Women often sacrifice their careers for their families, but it's time to think of moving when needed.

Other tips can be found at Fast Company

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