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21 Inconvenient Truths About Power and Emotions

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One glaring omission in much diversity and inclusion (D&I) work today is the lack of attention to power dynamics.  Interculturalists are skilled at articulating cultural differences, but most miss the ways power inequities affect relationships and behavior.  Corporate D&I trainers sometimes allude to power differences, but rarely provide skill-building on […]

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8 Tips for Other Women Trolled By Men

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I’m a woman. I’m smart. I say what I think. Out loud. In public. I am, therefore, a target for trolls – especially angry, fearful men. I’m also not alone. Everywhere I look online, men seem to be trolling us more than women. In the four years I’ve been publishing pieces in […]

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Dismissal of the Women’s March and #BLM Uncovers Why They’re Needed

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Mere days have passed since the historic global Women’s March, and one of the topics buzzing around social media is the discontent some non-participants felt about the event. One view is that the march was unnecessary because women have all the rights we need and the only thing stopping us […]

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Let Go of Perfect and Wear the Safety Pins Already

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A week has passed since the election, and there’s been lively debate among progressives about whether or not to wear safety pins.  Initiated by an American living in the UK, the safety pin spread there as a protest against the BREXIT vote and the xenophobia it represented.  On this side […]

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6 Reasons Why “All Lives Matter” Is Neither Fair Nor Helpful

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One week: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas.  Finally, the number of White people moved to action against racism is reaching a tipping point, yet tired clichés like “violence isn’t the answer” and “we must unite” threaten to keep us stuck.  “All Lives Matter” is perhaps the kindest and least helpful […]

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“Don’t Take This The Wrong Way” Is The Wrong Way to Provide Feedback

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I’m guessing you’ve heard this phrase before. Either it came out of someone else’s mouth, or you said it: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…”  I’m also guessing you know what follows the “but”: an awkward cliché or unflattering feedback, perhaps even a downright insulting or blatantly bigoted or […]

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Ever Been Accused of Being an Activist With an Agenda?

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Being a change agent is hard. Being an organizational diversity and inclusion change agent can be extra hard because diversity and inclusiveness is often seen as a liberal agenda.  As a former D&I change agent inside an organization, many of whose seniors leaders were not only politically conservative but intellectually […]

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Dear White People: Exactly What Are We So Afraid Of?

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Dear White People: I’m one of you, and I just don’t understand you some times. I understand you less and less lately.  When I heard of outcry over Beyoncé’s halftime performance, I was confused.  Did I  miss a titillating wardrobe malfunction due to some broadcast delay?  Had I been so […]

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We’re Women, not Girls — Especially When We’re Super

Susana Rinderle

In an episode of CBS’s new show “Supergirl,” the title character — as her alter ego Kara Danvers — wonders aloud whether Supergirl is an anti-feminist moniker for the mysterious heroine. Her media mogul boss disagrees: “What do you think is so bad about girl? I’m a girl. So if […]

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