Leadership today includes facing the ongoing crises of our generation: a pandemic, ongoing wars, gun violence, racially-motivated hatred, domestic terrorism and years of civil and global unrest. Last year I put together a framework for how to think about showing up as a leader. Here’s the leadership framework I use to guide how I show up for my team, my communities, and the people I serve.
How much paid leave did you get, and how much paid leave did you want to have? Did you have any paid leave—or unpaid leave—with your state, region, or country? This is a reader thread for you to share your story about your own experience with having a baby or adding a family member, and how much leave you wanted or needed. Share your story in the comments in this community thread.
The way we collectively talk about, think about, and treat women seeps into our own brains. As a result, many women internalize specific beliefs about their worth, value, and creativity. Here are three key ways the patriarchy takes root inside of your own mindset.
I remember exactly where I was the first time it happened. We were in someone’s backyard. A bunch of kids were playing together on the swing sets and sliding raucously down a slide. We were engaged in banal small talk when she said it. I honestly think I froze in disbelief because it was 2021 and the last question I anticipated hearing was: “So… do you work?” My face looked like that emoji where your eyes are busting out of your head. The person asking me this was *my age*. She was *my age!* Once I got over the initial shock of impropriety, I became curious: What was she actually asking?
Community Question 🗣 The Invisible Load — What Are All the Things You Do That Don’t Count As “Work”?
Women do all sorts of work. Parents work incredibly hard, and they contribute an estimated 75% of the national output of work in any given economy—it’s just not accounted for or paid. In a brilliant essay about mothers and work, Margo Aaron talks about all the things women do that are real labor—domestic, caretaking, mental, emotional, psychological, and more—but that people aren’t paid for. Share some of the things that you do that aren’t recognized or that aren’t paid and read what others have to say all about the invisible load that mothers carry.