The Latest from My Journal
I had the pleasure of speaking with Santa Fe New Mexican Radio Cafe host Mary-Charlotte Domandi about my new book Becoming a Dangerous Woman this week. We talked about what it was like for myself and other women working in the 1970s and 1980s, the progress we’ve made, and the better outcomes we see when women are equal players in the workplace, in the boardroom and in politics.
Today's announcement from Melinda Gates that over the next 10 years she will be committing $1 billion to promote gender equality is one of those game-changing moments that activists dream about. Finally, a big bet on WOMEN! Equality can’t wait and we can’t play our part from the sidelines.
Last week, I wrote about some new books, podcasts and movies that I am excited about and wanted to share with you. So many of you expressed interest — and I had more recommendations than I had time to include — that I've chosen to write another posting this week with additional suggestions that are "musts" for the "must read/must listen/must watch" lists which fortunately are getting longer when it comes to women-led, women-written initiatives!
For the past few years, I've written an annual summer post about the books I'm reading. This summer however, nearly all of my free time was spent working on the final edits for my upcoming book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman, that is finally (!) off to the printing press. So here’s quick blog post highlighting some of the books (and movies, podcasts and gatherings) that I'm excited about reading, watching and visiting this fall.
Today is Women’s Equality Day. It's the day commemorating the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Let’s celebrate some of the truly dangerous women (in a good way!) who fought for our right to vote, including many who were left out of the history books. Thanks to several new museum exhibitions, these unsung heroes are finally getting their due.
These are dangerous times, but in such times, there is an opportunity for women to step up to these challenges. In my new book, 'Becoming a Dangerous Woman,' along with my personal stories from the frontlines of media as a journalist, documentary producer, executive and as an engaged advocate for greater representation, access and opportunity for all women, I talk with 15 women from around the world who are already leading this work.
This week marked the launch of the Connected Women Leaders Climate Declaration proving that “almost impossible” problems like climate are possible to solve. We invite all women (and men) to rise and to lead on climate justice by reading and signing on to the Declaration. Join us and spread the word about the #WomenLeadClimate initiative.
This week, my friend Lindsey Taylor Wood, founder and CEO of The Helm, launches a new curated online shop featuring exclusively female-founded products, brands and designers. For The Helm, it represents the next phase in a comprehensive approach to investing in women.
What’s possible when women leaders from around the world come together, listen and learn from each other, make connections and commit to actionable solutions? Read my dispatch from the Connected Women Leaders Forum that Ronda Carnegie and I convened in April at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio conference center on Lake Como.
Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase passed away this week at the age of 96. Ms. Chase spent seven decades serving her signature gumbo and hospitality to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to James Baldwin to Barack Obama. In 2017, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her about her life’s work on the TEDWomen stage.