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A few days ago, our nation celebrated National Equality Day, a day to remember the early fight for equal rights and celebrate the 19th Amendment. In my in box was an email from The United State of Women reminding us to participate in politics because the right to vote was a giant leap forward for feminism. They also asked us to continue to make strides for women by pursuing our passions, by supporting women in business and fighting for causes that support women's rights. And they asked us to support females in film, accompanied by the image of the all female cast in the Ghostbusters remake.
"Movies inspire us and give us some of our first role models. Let’s help girls realize that being a princess is only one of a million different dreams they can have. Support strong women-led films with your wallet and round up your #squads (and male allies!) to see movies the opening weekend." - United State of Women
I took my daughter to see the Ghostbusters remake on opening weekend (because opening weekend ticket sales determine if a movie is a box office hit). When the movie ended we were in the ladies room hashing through all the best parts. A woman in the ladies room overheard our conversation and stopped me to thank me for what I said, calling me "the mother of the year" a title I definitely haven't earned but I feel really great about what my daughter and I discussed - it will stick with her for many years to come.
Here's what I said. As my daughter told me how much she loved the movie I asked her why, what was so significant. She said she loved watching those women taking on the ghosts. Lets say that again. She loved "seeing those women take on the ghosts."
"Yes," I said. "Those women were pretty fierce." And then I pointed out to her that this movie was groundbreaking for Hollywood in so many ways. Four women in the lead roles typically reserved for men. Three of the characters the women played were scientists...physicists in fact. (Mind blowing! Women cast as scientists.) Leslie Jones's character had a much more significant part and a leadership role with the team in this movie, a big departure from the "sidekick" role Ernie Hudson originally played in 1984. And this movie was directed by a man, Paul Feig, who is an advocate of casting more women in leading roles in Hollywood. And to prove the point he cast the role of the dumb, hot assistant as a male played by Chris Hemsworth.
For me, an advocate of change in Hollywood, a supporter of the Geena Davis Institute and a feminist, this movie meant so much more to me. I loved seeing an a-typical casting of women in this movie. Melissa McCarthy who has oft been described by her appearance rather than her immense talent. Melissa is killing it in comedy in Hollywood in lead roles in major blockbuster movies. And Kristin Wiig, an incredibly talented performer and writer. We know her for her work on Saturday Night Live and in countless TV shows and films but did you know she also wrote Bridesmaids? Yes - she wrote it! The brilliant Kate McKinnon who has an incredibly long list of acting appearances on her resume and the insatiably funny Leslie Jones, who had us laughing every step of the way through the movie, just like she does every week on Saturday Night Live. Her recent tweets about the Rio Olympics got her invited to personally come to Rio and cover the event first-hand. She's innovative and funny and what some in the industry consider an anomaly because her acting career didn't pick up until well into her 40's.
So ladies, have your daughter's watch this movie and explain to them what I explained to my daughter because "if they can see it they can be it." And read more ideas about how to celebrate the 19th Amendment and all we've achieved for women in this Huffington Post article from The United State of Women.
ABOUT UNITED STATE OF WOMEN: The first summit on The United State of Women represented an important moment for women and girls domestically and internationally, as well as for all proponents of gender justice and equality. Following the summit, The United State of Women remains committed to giving a megaphone to the importance of gender equality and providing a platform for addressing these critical concerns. The summit may have concluded, but our work is far from over.
ABOUT GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE: Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, the Institute is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. The Institute has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in entertainment, which spans more than 20 years. Our biennial symposium is the only event convening over 300 decision makers, content creators, and thought leaders to share best practices and create a blueprint towards establishing a gender-balanced media landscape. Review information their our past and upcoming symposiumsRead More
If you are interested in finding a work from home or freelance opportunity, one of our favorite online resources is FlexJobs. Sara Sutton Fell and her team carefully curate the jobs listings on their site to ensure that every job listing meets their criteria as a FlexJob. The benefit to site users is that the legwork is already done. Every job listed is a true freelance or flexwork opportunity.
Every year they release the list of the 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs. We were thrilled to see household names like Amazon and Dell at the top of the list accompanied by staffing firms like Kelly Services. To see the full list CLICK HERE.Read More
As we embark on the New Year, we are all taking stock of the previous year and thinking about plans for the coming year. For many of us, our careers and balancing our home life are top of mind. The holidays are wrapping up and the kids are going back to school, now its time to think about Mom. What does mom want or need?
The first thing you should do is think about your passion. What do you love to do? There's something about motherhood that makes us want meaningful work, now more than ever. Perhaps its that our job as a mother is so meaningful, or because we've spent time volunteering at our children's school or in the community and its been a rewarding experience. Maybe we're just older and wiser and unwilling to compromise on company culture and our daily activities. Whatever your reason, meaningful work should be your first priority.
Think back to the jobs you loved prior to having children or in your past career. . What was it about those jobs that fulfilled you? What made you smile as you drove to work? Put those items at the top of your list. Now as you start to explore all the options for yourself and the career ahead of you, keep those items in a note somewhere that you can refer to. We can't always land a job that fulfills all of our requirements but we can at least strive for some.
"I loved being my own boss"
"I loved running a team"
"I loved the flexibility of my hours"
"I loved being creative"
"I loved the structure of my last job"
Whatever those things were that made your favorite jobs your favorites, always keep that in mind. The next thing to do is assess your skills. Everyone feels more successful and purposeful in their work when utilizing their skills. Some of the items on your list above might even be skills.
"I am a natural leader"
"I am a great writer"
"I am a great time manager"
"I am highly productive in short windows of time."
"I am a good communicator."
Now think about industries or businesses that you love. Where do you want to work? What kind of a company do you want to create? Envisioning yourself in those environments, while meeting your list of career requirements and utilizing your skills will help you find or create meaningful work in the coming year. Don't sell yourself short. Do what you love. And find your passion.Read More
Once a year at MomFair LIVE! we gather our experts under one roof so that moms can directly interact with hiring managers, career counselors, work from home experts, recruiters, entrepreneurs, business and home resources and like minded moms in a comfortable setting. Whether you want to jump start your career, launch a new business or build a work from home empire, TheMomFair is here to help! TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!
Pencil in the date ladies - Sunday, January 31, 2016. MomFair is such a timely and important conference, with more moms looking to get back to work, either for fulfillment or to generate an income. But today's career mom is looking for meaningful work and finding it or creating it is the challenge. MomFair was created to help moms get directly in front of the resources they need to work from home, launch a business, freelance, work 9to5, negotiate flexible work situations, brush up your resume, open a franchise or earn income from home with direct sales or work from home opportunities. We also put you in touch with financial planners, investment managers, estate planning and corporate attorneys, bookkeepers, dog walkers and groomers, delivery services (meal, laundry and dry cleaning, grocery), home tech and cleaning services and more that help you smoothly run your homefront so that you can have the energy to focus on your career.
- Finding a Job
- Gain New Skills
- Work from Home
- The Home Front (work life balance, planning, inspiration)
- Job Fair (hiring managers, recruiters, career counselors, franchise and other opportunities)
- Work from Home Marketplace (direct sales and companies offering mom home based jobs)
- Hiring Managers
- Career Counselors
- Work from Home Opportunities
- Financial and Family Planning Experts
- and many more....
TheMomFair: Job Fair and Conference is coming to Santa Monica, May 18, 6-9pm! Join us for an informative panel discussion and network with team recruiters, staffing recruiters, counselors and other moms who are also looking to relaunch their career. (Get a new headshot for your Linked In profile!)
6pm-7pm: Work from Home Marketplace and Networking 7pm-8pm: Panel Discussion 8pm- 9pm: More networking
What else happens at MomFair?
WORK FROM HOME MARKETPLACE & CAREER RESOURCES At every event we set up a career marketplace. While it may look like a trunk show, its really about finding career opportunities. And direct sales is an amazing way to hone your skills and stay sharp - plus work from home! Come meet team recruiters from the following companies:
Wildtree is providing the snacks this evening!
MINI CAREER COACHING SESSIONS Panelist Jennifer Chow Bevan, Founder of Path Relaunch is a certified Career Coach who helps moms get focused and on the right path every day. She is happy to answers questions and spend a few minutes with you at the event to help you get on the right path.
RESUME REVIEWS WITH RECRUITERS At every event there are professionals available to review your resume and offer advice on how to put your "best you forward" on paper. BRING YOUR RESUME WITH YOU to the event. Representatives from talent recruiting firm 24 Seven will be available to answer questions!
GET YOUR HEADSHOT DONE Your Linked In profile is the first place hiring managers look after they see your resume. A professional but personal headshot makes a big difference! Our friends from The Headshot Truck will be joining us to offer affordable headshots for only $99. You MUST book your session online - see tickets above.
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BE A PART OF THE MOMFAIR Are you a direct sales representative looking to add to your team? A recruiter looking for top notch candidates? A career counselor? Resume specialist? Or do you offer other resources to busy moms? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about being part of our marketplace.
I am absolutely fed up with the term “working mom.” In fact, the next time someone asks me if I identify as one, I am going to answer that the very term “working mom” is redundant. Yes, I founded my own business and I’m a professional writer. Yes, I work from home. But even if I didn’t do these career-oriented things, I am and will always be a working mom.
When we use the term “working mom,” we are implying that mothers who are homemakers do not work. Being a homemaker and a mom are the two hardest, most physically and emotionally exhausting jobs I can think of … and I’ve had some pretty demanding jobs in my lifetime. READ THE REST ON BABBLE>>>Read More