Pauline W. Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Professor, Entrepreneur, Advocate, Writer


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Fight for Equal Opportunities for Women is Not Over

The following editorial was featured in The Buffalo News on August 3, 2016 after Hillary Clinton accepted a major party nomination for president. I wrote it as Dean, Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Immediate Past President of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women, Inc.

Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination by a major political party as a candidate for president of the United States put more cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling but notice that the ceiling has not come crashing down.

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“I don’t meet all of the qualifications for the job so I better not apply,” said no man ever.

[The title of this post is not entirely true, but it got your attention, I bet.]

I have had several conversations recently with women who lament that other women don’t extend themselves. What do I mean?  Ask yourself, when you see a job posting for a position you know you can do have you ever read the description and said, “I can do this job in my sleep.”  Have you then continued to read the bulleted requirements and said “oh, I meet that one and that one, but not that one, or that one.”

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The Argument About Having It All

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.”

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My Mantra

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.”

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