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  • Rebecca Rivera

    @galamama My apologies for taking so long to respond. You're right that one of the biggest issues we have is getting men to not just understand but champion us. At 3%, we're finding that we make the most headway when we take a guy friendly, analytical approach. And the numbers don't lie. I encourage you to follow @3percentconf and to visit our site at where you'll find statistics that support the purchasing power women represent in every industry. And the impact we have on local economies. And please reach out and connect to me via Twitter @rebrivved and be sure to let me know who you are. Would love to do what I can to support you.

  • Julie Norris

    I've been maddened within my own company (I'm 50% owner) and to see other smart, talented, creative women marginalized and their contributions discounted or dismissed because the dominate (usually) males in the room somehow don't a) see the connection between building engagement means sales go up and b) believe that the women can do what they have already proven over and over they can do. I just finished reading Judy Wick's (founder of BALLE, White Dog Cafe, and the original Urban Outfitters store) new book "Good Morning, Beautiful Business" and cried my eyes out, feeling so affirmed in my approach, thinking and intuition. I grew up thinking gender equality had already happened - child of the 80's middle class white girl - and it's taken me until I was 32 to see that men, good men, ones who love you even will try to take over or leave you hanging because they do not understand how to PARTNER, COLLABORATE and SUPPORT. This is a huge problem in my community, where we are trying to foster local economies. We can't speak out and bring transparency to the matter because we are in business with these people and we must find bridges so as not to hurt our ability to sustain the business by throwing people under the truck. I've been introducing the concepts of Non-Violent Communication and holding workshops on HOW to lead, when to follow, identifying oppression and explaining that cooperation does not mean anarchy, nor does it mean dictatorship.

  • Alexandra Brower

    I understand 'doing the best job', but it also means speaking up and asking informed questions. I asked for clarification on an allusive assignment and he said I was challenging him...

  • Alexandra Brower

    I have been reading the book and been trying to be more active and following suggestions and I have recently already gotten myself in trouble with a male professor! Now I feel it has made my situation WAY worse and am struggling because he wants to fail me. At no fault of my own. He says I have been challenging him and trying to get him fired/in trouble when I did not feel comfortable talking with him by myself and asked for a moderator.

    • Rebecca Rivera

      Alexandra, if your Prof is treating you unfairly because you're standing up for yourself, I advise you to inform your advisor and/or dean that you're afraid he'll give you a failing grade for the wrong reasons. Don't let him guilt you into silence. If you have a valid complaint, it should be heard.

    • Trishsch

      This sounds a little bit different than what "Lean In" is talking about - namely, women really concentrating on doing the best job possible and moving forward in their careers once they are out of college. What is going on in class to make the professor believe you are being combative rather than being a devoted student?