By ALI CUDBY
What does this sign mean to you? For most, the association is immediate and easy – this silhouette indicates a woman’s bathroom.
It’s only because that’s the experience you’ve had with the image in the past. Yet one small tweak and you can envision something different. And greater. Small shifts can make a huge impact on how you see the world, and the opportunities in it.
In business, when you only see what’s come before, you’re limited by the experience of the past. You have an opportunity to think bigger by seeing the same landscape in a new way.
Some people call it vision. Certainly, truly visionary business leaders can see the world through a frame that’s totally new – think of Steve Jobs’ contributions to modern personal technology.
The thing is, vision can be both an opportunity and a … Read more
By ALI CUDBY
I was fascinated by a recent article, discussing women’s ideas about body size, in Salon.com. Part of the article examines the impact of media on how women see themselves.
I’ll summarize…it’s unhealthy.
Here are a few highlights:
On average, women in North America say their ideal body weight is 13 to 19 percent below their medically ideal weight.
Women’s sense of self-image is influenced by their sense of other people’s opinions.
Even though having a supermodel’s body is a physical impossibility for 95% (or more) of the human population, there is a belief that women can – and should – sculpt their bodies to be runway-ready.
Yet beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder, it’s in the eye of the cultural norm of our time.
“The women in Renoir’s paintings were seen as beautiful, and their BMIs were … Read more
By ALI CUDBY
As follow up to the launch of the She Buzz column, I’ve been thinking about the role of women and how gender is seen differently from generation to generation.
When this headline from Entrepreneur Magazine appeared, “Who Wants to be CEO? Not Millennial Women,” naturally, it caught my eye.
The article is worth a read – it looks at the pay gap and other issues related to women in the workplace.
There was one line from the article that really jumped out at me, referring to a shift in how Millennials define leadership, “Rather than zeroing in on a specific title, [Millennials] are focusing on becoming influencers in their field and making an impact at their company, she says. To really engage young women at work…employers need to recognize this shift.”
It’s not the first time I’ve heard business … Read more
BY ALI CUDBY
When Lingerie Brief’s esteemed Publisher, Ellen Lewis, and I decided to create the SHE BUZZ column, we began discussing the events that shaped our beliefs about women in society. It just so happens we attended the same University for our undergraduate years. What we experienced on campus shaped our worldviews. While we experienced the same campus differently, we arrived at fairly similar opinions in the end.
When Ellen attended University of Pennsylvania, it was in the heart of the Vietnam War. It was a tense time in the United States, and college campuses were a hotbed of that seething anger. Women were burning their bras – metaphorically, if not literally – and defining their roles as equals. This was the era when Ms. Magazine launched, and women needed men like fish needed bicycles. On campus, sororities closed down almost entirely and women … Read more