They’re Mad as Hell
In an age of transparency surrounding issues related to harassment, several women over 60 reconcile having lived their younger years in a pre-#MeToo society. Read more.
In an age of transparency surrounding issues related to harassment, several women over 60 reconcile having lived their younger years in a pre-#MeToo society. Read more.
Notre Dame University students are protesting in support of leggings. Controversy surrounding the popular clothing item arose from an angry letter rooted in traditional gender notions, and these students will not stand for it. Read more.
Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw believes women deserve more sports leadership positions. Listen as she explains the importance of girls seeing women role models in leadership positions at the Women’s Final Four press conference. Read more.
Today, local artist Rosy Petri takes over as artist in residence at the Pfister Hotel, where she will display original works utilizing various mediums. Over the next year of her residency, she hopes to celebrate diversity and explore the complexities of humanity by drawing from numerous perspectives and creating an interactive atmosphere. Read more.
Throughout her career, Dr. Karen Uhlenbeck has shattered glass ceilings as a female mathematician. Her exploration of soap film and contributions to quantum field theory techniques have qualified her as the first woman to receive an Abel prize for mathematics. Read more.
Many refugees with hopes of building new lives are now calling Milwaukee home. Through cooking, Milwaukee residents are connecting to our new neighbors, with 3 restaurants (including former She Stands Tall speaker Caitlin Cullen’s The Tandem) opening up their space for “Tables Across Borders,” a series of pop-up dinners cooked by restaurateurs and refugees alike. Read more.
Local Milwaukee restaurant and bar owners continue to impress for the James Beard Nominations. Four chefs, including Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie (who is presenting at our She Stands Tall Speaker Series on June 24), have been nominated for Best Chef Midwest. Stay tuned for the semifinalist announcement on March 27! Read more.
The Hollywood writers’ room of Hulu original “Wild Cards” is recognizing Black History Month by ordering lunch from only Black-owned restaurants for the month of February. The writers intend to support women-owned businesses in March for Women’s History Month. Read more.
On Saturday, the Navy honored the life of Captain Rosemary Mariner, a pioneer for women in the military and first woman to fly a tactical jet. To celebrate her legacy, the Navy commissioned the first ever all-female pilot flyover to perform at her funeral. Read more.
Cynthia Marshall, former head of Human Resources and chief diversity officer for AT&T, replaced Mark Cuban as chief executive officer of the Dallas Mavericks after Cuban failed to protect the women on his team, promoting a toxic work environment. After nearly a year on the job, Marshall’s efforts in a historically male-dominated workplace (the NBA) have made waves in improving office morale and providing support to victims of sexual harassment. Read more.
While Michelin stars are quite the achievement for anyone in the restaurant industry, Dominique Crenn has even more reason to be proud. Becoming the first woman in America to be awarded 3 Michelin stars sets her apart, breaking down a difficult barrier and providing her with a larger platform to inspire women around the globe. Read more.
Although “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985, its portrayal of dystopian society is still at the front of many minds. After over 3 decades, Atwood has used inspiration from her fans and the world we live in to procure a sequel. Read more.
Women in Nevada can take “tampon tax” off their “Reasons Why I Hate My
Period” lists. Nevada voters approved the state’s initiative to exclude menstrual
products from the state’s 6.85% sales tax. Thank Democratic State Senators
Yvanna Cancela and Joyce Woodhouse for recognizing that taxing these products
placed “an unfair financial burden” on women. Read more.
A woman’s place is…where ever she wants it to be, including countries, cities, beaches, jungles and mountains all over the world. Women make 85% of travel decisions yet travel publications are mostly edited by men. Seeing a need for a travel publication with a feminist twist, travel writer and blogger Nikki Vargas, founded Unearth Women. Read more.
America’s pastime is losing the gender equality game. Major League Baseball has a history of trading accused domestic abusers to different teams. Sexist game giveaways (feather boas, really?) and a 2015 Fox Sports anchor’s on-air rant about sorority girls taking selfies in the stands, are just two more examples of baseball striking out with women. Read more.
Milwaukee’s restaurant scene takes center stage September 27 on Bite Club, a new Food Network show hosted by celebrity chef, Tyler Florence. Local chefs including the cheel’s Barkha Limbu Daily, Iron Grate BBQ’s Aaron Patin and The Tandem’s Caitlin Cullen, get cooking as Bite Club shines the spotlight on a few of our city’s talented chefs. Even more exciting is that the two female chef participants are former and upcoming She Stands Tall speakers: Caitlin Cullen spoke in January and Barkha Limbu Daily is our speaker in December. We can’t wait to watch you represent Milwaukee’s food scene and female business owners this month! Read more.
Mequon: where the magic happens…said no one ever. But seriously, it is. With new developments in the Mequon Town Center and surrounding Town Center district including the 3 Rs: retail, residential and of course, tons of restaurants, this formerly sleepy suburb is in the process of a complete transformation. It’s great to see progress all over MKE! Read more.
Milwaukee’s restaurant scene takes center stage September 27 on Bite Club, a new Food Network show hosted by celebrity chef, Tyler Florence. Local chefs including the cheel’s Barkha Limbu Daily, Iron Grate BBQ’s Aaron Patin and The Tandem’s Caitlin Cullen, get cooking as Bite Club shines the spotlight on a few of our city’s talented chefs. Read more.
Do you dread asking for a raise or talking about salary with a potential employer? You aren’t alone. Studies show women are often unfairly penalized when they ask for a raise. Viewing a salary negotiation as a collaborative conversation instead of a conflict is the first step in successfully negotiating to earn what you’re worth! Read more.
Local chef extraordinaire Karen Bell’s modern take on the neighborhood butcher shop will open a second location in the new 10,000 square foot market. Karen Bell’s story and successes are an inspiration to female chefs and entrepreneurs alike, and Bavette La Boucherie cannot come to the North Shore soon enough! Read more.
Look out Whitefish Bay…here comes Trouble! Trouble & Sons, a casually elegant, family friendly, Italian restaurant by the wife and wife team of Tamela Greene and Anne Marie Arroyo, is scheduled to open at the end of August just two blocks down Silver Spring from Moxie, the couple’s successful first restaurant. Read more.
Milwaukee Home has a home thanks to Steph Davies. Davies owns The Waxwing, the shop that has featured Milwaukee Home products since artist Melissa Thorton Kuykendall created the brand. Through an “open adoption,” arrangement, Davies bought Milwaukee Home but will continue to work with Thorton Kuykendall to keep the Milwaukee Home’s community-focused, locally inspired vision. Read more.
Women are gaining power and prestige in every field. But beltway journalism is still an insular boys club according to a recent survey by the International Journal of Press/Politics. The survey shows male journalists retweet other male journalists at alarmingly huge rates. This means female reporters’ voices aren’t being heard the way they should be. Read More.
Most municipal courts are run by white men, but in South Fulton Georgia, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers leads a team of all black women, including interim police chief Sheila Rogers, solicitor LaDawn “LBJ” Jones and administrator, Lakeisya Cofield. This city of 95,000 is the first American city where black women run the criminal justice system. Read More
The world’s biggest advertiser is pledging to establish more gender equality behind the scenes.
Procter & Gamble (PG, +0.53%), which owns everything from Tide to Pampers, announced Monday that it is working toward a 2023 goal of women directing at least half of its product commercials. Only about 10% of its commercials are currently directed by women. – Fortune
“If we just achieve equality in economic empowerment between women and men, it could add $28 trillion to world economy. That’s a lot of purchasing power,” said Marc Pritchard, the company’s chief brand officer. Read more.
Milwaukee, along with several other cities, is considering a ban on salary history questions because basing a new hire’s starting salary on her previous compensation perpetuates wage disparities, even if unintentionally.
“Women earn about 82% of what men make for comparable hours, the Pew Research Center reported in April.”
Efforts like this proposal are a critical step towards bringing awareness to and ultimately narrowing the gender pay gap. Read more.
Move over, Oscars. There are Academy Awards for Chocolate and Vata Edari, founder of Madison’s CocoVaa Chocolatier, won 17 of them. Edari, a young, African American woman, goes to England in July to thank the Academy. This successful woman pays it forward by encouraging others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Read more.
Mequon real estate developer and former She Stands Tall speaker Cindy Schaffer’s new project, Spur 16, announced new tenants for the project bringing “community living” to Mequon Road. Tenants of the new Mequon Public Market include Milwaukee treasures Beans & Barley, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., and Purple Door Ice Cream. Miwaukee Public Market anchor St. Paul Fish Co. is also part of the development. Read more.
We hope you had a happy Mother’s Day yesterday – whether you were celebrating or remembering an important woman or being celebrated. Here are links to two of our favorite articles from yesterday that celebrate motherhood: from short films examining the difficulty of grieving a mother’s passing to a list of 50 inspiring moms in science, corporate America, and media. Read more.
Women are succeeding in male dominated fields, but we still have a long way to go. According to the New York Times’ Glass Ceiling Index, the same number of women are Fortune 500 CEOs as men in that role named “James” (each making up 5% of all Fortune 500 companies). The index shows that women remain largely absent from top executive positions in academia, publishing, government, and entertainment. Read more.
Milwaukee lost a trailblazer in local and state politics with the recent passing of 94-year-old Vel Phillips. Phillips’ countless accomplishments include: being the first African American woman to graduate from UW law school, the first African American to win a statewide election and the first African American to serve on Milwaukee’s common council. Read more.
It’s in her DNA. Sherry Zhang, local entrepreneur and owner of GenoPalate, a company that performs DNA analyses to provide personalized nutrition recommendations, recently completed the first round of seed funding for her start-up. Zhang raised $307,000, much of which came from local sources including gener8tor and BrightStar Wisconsin. Read more.
Prime time TV reboots are all the rage and two beloved small screen female-focused shows are in the works. In their original forms, Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey were audience favorites, known for groundbreaking subjects. These two hits are coming back better than ever, with more diverse casting and their signature strong female leads. Read more.
If perception is reality, things are looking up for women in science, according to children. Between 1966-1977, 1% of children, when asked to draw a scientist, drew a woman. Today 28% of children drew a female scientist. Gender plays a part in this perception: 42% of girls but only 5% of boys envisioned female scientists. Read more.
Plan to belly up to the Baaree this summer. The Baaree at The Cheel is yet another reason to visit Thiensville’s beloved Nepalese restaurant. This outdoor community gathering spot will feature plenty of seating, cool artwork, a fire pit and, of course, beer, cocktails, wine, and the unique food that makes this Ozaukee county restaurant so popular. Read more.
Remember the name Donna Shalala? Former Chancellor of University of Wisconsin – Madison and President Clinton’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services now hopes to become Congresswoman Shalala. The 77 year old has entered the Congressional race in Miami, Florida. Shalala joins an already crowded field of Democrats who hope to win the seat currently held by retiring Republican Ileana Lehtinen, the first Cuban American to join Congress. Read more.
What does a dancer do who can’t find a leotard that makes her feel confident? She makes her own! Milwaukee dancer, Jade Charon, launched a line of affordable, flattering leotards and founded 30:11 to fill a dancewear industry void. Charon offers leotards with more coverage and support to promote positive body image and build self esteem for curvy dancers. Read more.
For local women in technology, there’s good news and bad news. Good news: Milwaukee made SmartAsset’s list of top 20 cities. Bad news: we dropped from 14 to 18 and local women in tech are only paid 91% of their male colleagues’ salaries. But, more good news: the number of overall tech jobs increased by 7%. Read more.
Got Breastmilk? MD Custom RX, a new business in Brookfield, does and is selling it to parents with a doctor’s prescription. The pasteurized breastmilk is accepted from donors and thoroughly screened for disease, medication, and tobacco and alcohol use. This service is valuable for parents of premature babies and those who can’t breastfeed due to illness, adoption or surrogacy, but it doesn’t come cheap—$20 for 4 ounces. Read more.
Women’s networking events and conferences are more popular than ever. When groups of women come together to share ideas, it’s a beautiful thing. But are there long-term gains? Research shows the answer is YES! And these benefits aren’t limited to women; turns out networking and and spending time with like-minded people work well for men, too. Put the science to the test and network with us on March 12 at The Ruby Tap in Mequon to hear how and why Tyan Soo started Nail Bar Milwaukee. Did we mention there are snacks and drinks available, too? Read more.
Can’t get enough of theSkimm? Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, cofounders and CEOs of the popular news service that summarizes and frequently humorizes news stories for millennial women, are creating a podcast with a female focus. “Skimm’d From the Couch” will share inspiring stories of successful women and the challenges they’ve had to overcome. NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast is also a must-listen if you want to know how and why entrepreneurs do what they do. Catch the end of the Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn’s HIBT interview to hear from local entrepreneur Danica Lause of Peekaboos, maker of cleverly designed ponytail hats. Read more.
Read any good books lately? PEN America has. This organization gives out the Bingham prize, a literary award for best debut fiction and for the first time, the finalists are all-female. Author Hannah Lillith Assadi’s novel Sonora and Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart, a collection of short fiction, are among the nominees for the $25,000 prize. Read more.
Which celebrity drew the biggest crowd at the Sundance Film Festival? Hanks or Streep? Nope. Fans stood in line for hours to hear Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak in advance of the new documentary, “RBG.” In her talk, Ginsburg shared her appreciation of the #MeToo movement, her personal story of sexual harassment, and her love for Kate McKinnon’s SNL impression, #Ginsburned. Read more.
A reason to love CVS: the drug store chain banned photo manipulation on its cosmetics. To ensure that images are as realistic as possible, the company promised an end to retouching and airbrushing photos. AND…CVS is demanding that by 2020, all cosmetic brands in CVS stores adopt this same best practice. After that, CVS will stamp a “CVS Beauty Mark” on any beauty product marketing materials that include digitally altered photos. Read more.
Women do the right thing, men simply do their thing. The result: GLARING gender pay gap. Here’s an example: Actor Kevin Spacey was replaced in the movie All the Money in the World, which meant re-shoots. Actress Michelle Williams was willing happy to do the re-shoots for $1,000. Actor Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for them. Several days after the news of his higher earnings broke, Wahlberg announced that he would donate his reshoot earnings to the #TimesUp legal fund. Read more.
A Woman’s Place is in the House…and the Senate. On January 3, this statement rang truer than ever when Minnesota’s Tina Smith joined 21 other females in the US senatorial sorority. Twenty years ago, there were less than ten women US senators so to Senator Smith and her female colleagues, we say “Congrats!” and “Thank you!!” Read more.
Move over Spiderman and Batman, make way for a squad of female super heroes courtesy of the Jim Henson company. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, seven superheroines with names like Courage, Mastery, Honesty, and Wisdom will join the ranks of their male counterparts on TV sets and in toy store aisles everywhere in about two years. Read more.
Bad news: traditional sexual harassment training methods are ineffective. More bad news: they can backfire. Good news: there are new methods of sexual harassment prevention including teaching bystanders to speak up and promoting women into positions of power. More good news: research shows the new methods work, we just have to get companies to use them. Read more.
If you’ve ever worn a ponytail, you’ve undoubtedly experienced this: ponytails + hats = awkward bumps. Danica Lause decided to combat this by knitting hats with hidden ponytail openings. Lause recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so that her company, Peekaboos Ponytail Hats, can bring knitting in house—in Germantown, Wisconsin. Read more.
If you’ve been pulled over lately, chances are it’s been by a male cop. Law enforcement is still a male-dominated field, except in one Midwest college town. The Madison, Wisconsin police force is about 30% female and the women wearing the badge in Madison are protecting and serving citizens in the best possible ways. Read more.
When you reach for an Oreo or Ritz Cracker, think of Irene Rosenfeld. As she retires as CEO of snack food manufacturer Mondelez International, Rosenfeld leaves a company that’s succeeding despite the trend toward heathy eating. Most importantly, Rosenfeld’s reign as CEO paved the way for other female execs to break glass ceilings. Read more.
We didn’t need another reason to blame our parents, but research indicates parents invest more in college savings for sons than daughters. To overcome this, women work through school and graduate with more debt. It all leads to the gender wage gap. Read more.
The venture capital world is still a boys’ club. Only 8% of decision-making partners in the top 100 VC firms are women, which puts females looking for investors at a significant disadvantage. One “woman-trepreneur” had enough, and created her own nurturing “venture community” to fight this trend. You go, girl! Read more.
There’s bad news and good news about gender bias. A Harvard Business Review study shows when people were given only gender information to make a professional decision, men usually won. But when given information beyond name and gender, such as the quality of the person’s work, women’s chances improved. To improve your chances of overcoming gender bias when applying for jobs, prominently highlight performance-related accomplishments. Read more.
Female freelancers: want to make more money? Just ask! Research from billing website HoneyBook shows that women working as writers, artists, and graphic designers make significantly less than their male counterparts. But research also indicates that clients who hire freelancers don’t haggle about prices. So, go ahead and raise your rates. (You’re welcome.) Read more.
We’ve come a long way. But in the tech industry, not so much. With one big, beautiful exception: Sephora. The make-up giant is hiring women for every technical position and grooming them for promotion. Promoting women, especially on Sephora’s tech team, is just the way they do business. Read more.
“Breast is best but pumping is a pain,” say working moms everywhere. So Janica Alvarez created a better, smarter breast pump, but when she met with male venture capitalists, she faced immature and unprofessional responses. Sad but true: the situation improved when Alvarez started taking her husband along. Read more.
Sick of dealing with the old boys’ network? Had enough mansplaining and sexist corporate policies? Ready to say, “I’m done;” leave the corporate world and start your own business? You aren’t alone. Maybe it’s time to join the ranks of female entrepreneurs with a new title, “Boss.” Read more.
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is getting a Big Apple style makeover. Read more.
The force is strong for these women! Read more.
It’s harder to be biased towards women while raising a daughter. Read more.
Another angle on the gender wage gap–mothers earn less than fathers. Read more.
Pitching your idea to a room full of venture capitalists is scary. The gender bias baked into their decision-making is frightening. Read more.
Virtually identical products should cost the same. Why do women have to pay more? Read more.
Bumble is the dating app that women have been waiting for. Read more.
An Australian T.V. anchor did the unthinkable. Read more.
Men tweet that Packers QB was dissed (newsflash–welcome to our world). Read more.
The gender pay gap in pictures. Read more.
There are 193 countries in the world–only 16 are lead by women. Read more.
State by state analysis–Florida (21 years) to Wyoming (136 years)–of years until the wage gap is closed. Read more.
A Male co-worker walked a mile in his female co-worker’s shoes. Guess how he was treated. Read more.
Same job, similar experience, but pay, not so much. Read more.
More women, smarter group. Enough said. Read more.
Women, especially those over “retirement age,” just wanna have fun-at work. Read more.
Men do have a category of their own. Think “Saving Private Ryan” and Westerns. Read more.