Issue 165 — April 5, 2021

“And in a world where everyone strives to act, think and look the same — being different is truly something to be proud of. That’s why I’m very proud to be autistic.” – Greta Thunberg.

I love that quote because I love the richness of human diversity. I’ve been an outlier myself for most of my life, I hated it in my youth. But I came to value the experience of being “othered.” It gave me empathy for all groups that are marginalized or discriminated against. …

Issue 164 — March 29, 2021

First a fun quiz.

Do you recognize these women?

Issue 163 — March 22, 2021

First and foremost, I stand and Take The Lead, as an organization, stands in solidarity with Asian Americans, and against the rising hate crimes and harassment against them.

Since hearing the terrible news of the murders of eight people, six of them Asian women, in Atlanta massage parlors on March 16, the words of the song from Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical South Pacific have been repeating in my mind:

“You’ve got to be taught

To hate and fear,

You’ve got to be taught

From year to year,

It’s got to be drummed


Issue 162 — March 8, 2021

This March 8 is an International Women’s Day like no other.

Let’s first take a moment to recognize the millions globally who have suffered illness and those who have died from Covid-19.

The day we now celebrate with flowers and tributes to the advances women have made began in 1909 as a radical call by women in the Socialist Party of America for workers’ rights and women’s rights — both very radical notions at the time. This included safe workplaces and efforts to prevent sexual assault and violence in war zones and elsewhere. Sound…

Issue 161 — February 22, 2021

Grady Gammage auditorium, with its classic Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, buzzed with excitement, filled to its 3000+ seat capacity on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Local people who were unable to get tickets hosted watch parties in their homes and offices, and dozens of groups from India to Seattle sent pictures of their watch party events.

Carla Harris’s electrifying opening keynote trended globally on Twitter before the crush of internet users broke the venue’s internet capacity and made our livestream spotty. Even that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm.

It was…

Issue 160 — February 7, 2021

We await near-universal availability of vaccines and see the daily morbidity and mortality toll of COVID, while the economy takes a dive and frontline workers are nearing their breaking point. In the U.S. we certainly see the liabilities of a fragmented healthcare system and the deadly consequences of our stubborn resistance to universal healthcare.

And meanwhile an initial solution to slowing the spread of the disease — working from home and schooling at home — is taking its tangled toll on families, creating a whole new set of problems.

Two articles from this past…

Issue 159 — February 1, 2021

Oprah’s O Magazine is a rich resource if you are looking for information about Black History Month. And no doubt your inbox is filling up with proclamations and programs in celebration of the month that highlights the past accomplishments of Black men and women.

But given this particular moment of reckoning with systemic racism in American culture, I want to celebrate Black women who are making tomorrow’s history today.

I realize that history is usually thought of as a backward look. And there are lessons to be learned, inspiration to be taken from knowing…

Issue 158 — January 25, 2021

Each week I write about what the week just past has taught us. I reflect on what happened and search for the larger meaning in its disparate events. I look through the lens of whether it’s been good for women or bad for women. I search for trends. And I look for moments of power shifts related to gender and race.

Well let me just say last week took the prize on all those fronts.

It was one to the most meaningful weeks of recent American history.

Hashtags #racialequality #genderequality #leadership #justice #courage #powerfulwomen…

Issue 157 — January 17, 2021

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

That’s my favorite quote from Dr. King. And I feel sure that if he were writing those words today, he would include “woman.” Because as he himself often noted, justice must always expand to be inclusive of all.

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday weekend and national holiday, here are some more of his most stirring quotes.

Issue 156 — January 10, 2021

Were you eager to leave 2020 behind?

Surprise. The first week in this brave new year has tried our souls even more than the year we thought we left behind. Whoever said the past is never really past knew what she was talking about.

It’s apparently not enough that we are still battling a raging global coronavirus pandemic that’s wreaking havoc on our health and disrupting almost everything about our lives.

It’s not enough that small businesses are being forced to close at an astounding rate. Or that women have lost or left four…

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.

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