Last night I conducted a Proposal Defense for a doctoral candidate. Her research focused on the internal and external barriers women encounter that prevent them from gaining positions of leadership. Some headway has been made over the past decade, but the numbers are still dismal; only 23% of the seats in Congress are held by women and a mere 25 women hold CEO status in the Fortune 500. One participant in the Proposal Defense remarked, "I can't believe we are still having this conversation as we head into 2020. It's just plain sad."
We just completed a successful year for Don't Forget Your Sweater, Girl, a book on aging in which women shared their hopes and dreams for the future, and what makes them feel happy, motivated and relevant. As a result, people who read this book began to join in on the conversation about women, aging and ageism.
Our next book, Don't Forget Your Lipstick, Girl: Sister to Sister Secrets for Gaining Confidence, Courage and Power will be available in April. In 2020 women will continue to face challenges in the workplace and in their personal lives- from competing with men for top jobs and equal pay to navigating unique and changing cultural norms pertaining to marriage, dating, and childbirth. We are ready to become part of the national conversation on women's empowerment.