3 Career Tips for Millennial Women

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It’s official: millennials have already surpassed the number of Gen Xers in the workplace. By 2025, millennials (those born during or after the 1980s) will account for roughly 75% of the workforce. More than half of that number will be millennial women.

Are you one of the millions of millennial women who will be starting your career this year? If so, here’s some advice for young women entering the workforce for the first time:

Tip #1 – How to ensure your career advancement

What are your long-term career goals? Whether you plan to climb the corporate ladder or run your own business, it can be helpful to find a mentor. Think of a mentor as a loyal, wise advisor who will offer advice, answer your questions, cheer you on, and steer you towards a path of long-term success. If you live in the United States, your local small business association can help recommend mentors for starting a business. If you work for someone else, you can probably find a trusted colleague or coworker who is willing to mentor you.

Remember to take advantage of available resources. If you can’t afford an opportunity, get creative. The Silver Spoon Foundation, for instance, is a nonprofit providing peer-funded scholarships to “young and driven” millennials looking to attend career advancement conferences and networking events throughout the United States. Some conferences, like Emerging Women, offer free attendance in exchange for volunteering your time to help with the annual event.

Tip #2 – How to navigate sexism in the workplace
If, at some point, you encounter the almost inevitable sexism in your career, there are ways to handle it like a (lady) boss. Remember that sexism is usually subtle. Even the most family-friendly and forward-thinking organizations might occasionally hire people who engage in sexist behaviors. And sometimes, even the most progressive and well-meaning co-workers might accidentally make an unintentionally insensitive statement.

Fighting sexist comments doesn’t always mean you have to boldly call someone out or report them to human resources. Sometimes, it can mean calmly educating them with the facts. According to Huffington Post writer, Emma Gray, “Statistics can be your verbal karate. Anytime somebody tries to argue against this stuff, I just try to hit them with data.”

If it would be helpful to have some support during this process, find a Feminist Fight Club or a group of trusted business women you can turn to in your local area. (Pro tip: if there isn’t a group like this in your area? Start one! If you can’t get people to meet in person, Facebook groups can work wonders!)

Tip #3 – How to crack the ever-present glass ceiling
There is a definite pay gap between men versus women working the same job. Luckily, millennial women face less of a wage gap than women of any previous generation. You can continue this positive trend by asking for more money, practicing assertiveness, and being open to negotiating pay. You can further work to crack the ever-present glass ceiling by climbing the corporate ladder to earn a leadership position in your company. Or better yet – you can branch out as an entrepreneur and start your own company.

It’s an exciting time to be a millennial woman. As you enter the workforce, you are starting your career during a time when your generation is redefining what it means to “have it all.” You can choose whether you want to work for the institution or work for yourself. You can choose what your work-life balance looks like. You can even redefine gender roles in the workplace and show the world what it really means to be a “lady boss” in 2017. What groundbreaking things will you accomplish in your career this year? Only time will tell, but if you’re reading this article, then you’re clearly motivated and are probably off to a good start.

  • Dean Burgess (Guest Post Contributor)

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October is Domestic Violence Against Women Awareness Month

No matter how much we progress, the true growth of a country is measured by looking at how a country treats its women.  Sad to say that India lags far far behind most of the nations in this respect.  In this day and age, when we have no qualms forwarding silly and pompous mails purporting the greatness of India, women are being beaten, raped, molested on the roads or burnt in the name of dowry. Also sad is the instance where a senior minister in the central cabinet, Sriprakash Jaiswal, the Coal minister gets off with saying that “once a wife gets old, she loses her charm“.  And he hardly gets chastised in public by his boss (Prime Minister) or the leader of his party (Sonia Gandhi) who herself is a woman. The fact that he can get away saying that he was just repeating an old proverb is sickening.

Also a so called Gujarat ka Sher (lion of gujarat) gets away by saying that the pathetic level of malnutrition in his state (after he being in power for more than 10 years and being hailed by all and sundry that he has turned Gujarat into a land of milk and honey but scores worst in the human index) is because “Gujarat is …a middle class state. The middle class is more beauty conscious than health conscious – that is a challenge. If a mother tells her daughter to have milk they have a fight. She will tell her mother ‘I wont drink milk, I will get fat.

These are the kinds of uneducated, uncivilized louts we elect to power; who win elections even after abusing their own citizens.  Heck, the so called sher has been in
power even after lording over mass killing of his citizens. He is not Gujarat ka sher, but Gujarat ka geedar (Jackal of Gujarat). Also, there have been at least 4-5 gang rapes in Haryana in the past 1-2 weeks.  We are yet to hear any of the perpetrators either being booked or being even caught. Such is the state of women in India.

Pic courtesy: http://vawprevention.org

Its more to do with the patriarchal system of society in India where women are supposed to keep their counsel and be subservient and obedient to the male head of the family.  This happens more in North India where still most of the society is feudal.  Hence you see more of honour killings and violence against women.  This has led to skewed sex ratio in the country.  Some of the worst performers are

For every 1000 men, the number of women in each state are given below

The best performing states being

Pic courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

Within the United Nations charter, this October marks the 25th observance of the Domestic Violence Against Women Awareness Month”. The first sign of unity towards this
cause was in 1987 when thousands around the world agreed that millions of women worldwide were being abused physically and mentally inside their homes. Decades later,
this is where we stand. In the world’s largest economy — the United States — a woman is attacked every nine seconds. In the world’s largest democracy, “a woman is raped every 22 minutes, and a bride burnt for dowry every 58 minutes”.

News source: Deccan Chronicle

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Panty protest against the Myanmar Junta

Women in several countries have begun sending their panties to Myanmar embassies in a culturally insulting gesture of protest against the recent brutal crackdown there, a campaign supporter said Friday.

“It’s an extremely strong message in Burmese and in all Southeast Asian culture,” said Liz Hilton, who supports an activist group that launched the “Panties for Peace” drive earlier this week.The group, Lanna Action for Burma, says the country’s superstitious generals, especially junta leader Gen. Than Shwe, also believe that contact with women’s underwear saps them of power.

“You can post, deliver or fling your panties at the closest Burmese Embassy any day from today. Send early, send often!” the Lanna Action for Burma Web site urges.

Read the full article here

Ahh….i love this form of protest. The more soiled the panties, the better it is. For a full list of all the Myanmar embassies worldwide, click here.

To read more about this protest, click here. So, what are you waiting for 😉

Link via: Prem’s blog

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