Kudos to Eliza Barclay of NPR for raising the Girl Scout cookies issue. Except, everyone continues to miss the point. Girl Scouts is about teaching girls, not about selling cookies. Three years ago approached my local cookie table and ask if they had a healthy cookie. The experience so shocked and saddened me, in response, I wrote this story for the book, reprinted for anyone interested in different possibilities for future girls.
Cookies – the story
What if different leaders really led differently?
Last year, 2012, the mothers and daughters were out again in force selling boxes of cookies. I buy cookies faithfully every year and this year was no exception. Neither was the fact that I typically spend the previous months trying to manage my weight. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the ingredients in these cookies are on the bad-for-me list — processed white flour, check; unrefined white sugar, check; hidden artificial flavor, check. As I like to support what might be budding female entrepreneurs, this year, as I went to purchase the cookies, I thought I’d go and find out if they finally had a cookie I could happily eat. Continue reading
The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014.
“These seven innovators are having a major influence on technology, healthcare and the government. Their ideas are changing the ways we do business and addressing broader issues of national security, gender bias, world poverty and the state of the start-up community at large. We’ve got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.”
Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting : NPR.
Kids can be magical and maddening. Jennifer Senior investigates why parenting is All Joy and No Fun.
Best way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.
Here are some stats I learned last nite:
- Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
- 57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
- Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
- Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.
Why should we have more women in politics? Continue reading