Much has been said recently about women in the workforce. It seems we have dueling ideas between Marissa Mayer from Yahoo and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. I also have had the distinct pleasure of discussing this topic with my colleague Kimberly DeSimone. Follow her on Twitter at @ProfDeSimone. She is an expert on women in the workforce. In fact, she is writing her dissertation on why women leave the workforce. Hint – it isn’t always the “choice” folks would have you believe it is as in “isn’t she lucky, she chose to stay home” or worse “oh, she had to leave her job to stay home.”
Whenever I would train for something – marathon, century ride, rowing regatta – I would use a common mantra. “I can do anything for…” It would change depending on the need. When training for the marathon or the century ride, my mantra would be “I can do anything for a mile.” When rowing, “I can do anything for 500 meters.”
I had the pleasure yesterday of eating lunch with a former student who is now a friend. This is someone I traveled to Africa with twice. When you travel to Africa with anyone, chances are you will end up friends….or never see the person again. Both have happened. I am glad the former happened with her.