NYWICI Must Reads July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

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Aloud Must ReadsFor Women at Every Career Stage

The Meaning of Hillary, and the Long, Hard Climb to the Top of the Ticket (The Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton Broke One Glass Ceiling. When Were Others Broken? (The New York Times)

From Thatcher to May: What's Changed for Women in the last 37 Years? (CNN)

9 Women Share the Surprising Thing That’s Made Them Successful (The Warm Up)

New Report Traces the Gender Pay Gap from Birth to C-Suite (Marketplace)

What Gender Pay-Gap Statistics Aren't Capturing (The Atlantic)

Why Do Women Inventors Hold So Few Patents? (The Atlantic)

What Marissa Mayer Brought to Yahoo That Can’t Be Bought or Sold (Hackernoon)

Why Women Need Half as Much as Men to Start a Business (Bloomberg)

How to Negotiate a Raise (or Bonus) after Returning from Maternity Leave (Fast Company)

12 Incredible Women You've Never Heard of Who Changed Science Forever (Tech Insider)


The Changing Landscape of Communications

The World Isn’t Getting Worse — Our Information Is Getting Better (Geek Wire)

How Sponsored Content Is Becoming King in a Facebook World (The New York Times)

News Publishers’ Facebook Problem (Monday Note)

No Matter Who Takes the Election, Mobile Wins Big in 2016 (Mediashift)


Technology News

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards (Wired)

Twitter Revenue Growth Stalls, Struggles to Boost Users (Reuters)

SMS-Based Two-Factor Authentication May be Headed Out the Door (Computerworld)

Smart Redesign Makes Google Maps Easier On the Eyes (The Next Web)



Posted by: 
Tekla Szymanski

NYWICI Must Reads July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

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Aloud Must ReadsFor Women at Every Career Stage

The Secret of Climbing Up the Ladder When No One's Telling You How to Do It (The Muse)

From Thatcher to May: What's Changed for Women In the Last 37 Years? (CNN)

Narrow the Gender Pay Gap? There Are Apps for That (The Wall Street Journal)

Ailes' Downfall Is A Testament To The Rising Power Of Women (The Huffington Post)

5 Client Red Flags You Should Never Ignore (Freelancers Union Blog)

15 Lessons on Surviving and Thriving for Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur) 

Why Men Want To Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas (The New York Times)

The Gender Gap in Start Up Success Disappears When Women Fund Women (Harvard Business Review)

Injured at Work? Your Gender Could Affect How Much You're Paid (New York Magazine)


The Changing Landscape of Communications

Twitter's Famous Racist Problem (The Atlantic)

YouTube Is Becoming Many YouTubes to Keep Its Video Crown (Wired)

The Long, Final Goodbye of the VCR (The New York Times)

The Financial Times Decides to Get Creative with Ad-Blocker Blocking (AdvertisingAge)

Is Unilever's Vow to End Sexism in Their Ads A True Victory? (The Fbomb)

Managing Your News Intake In the Age of Endless Phone Notifications (NPR)


Technology News

Facebook's Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight (Wired)

India Has A Massive Web Access Gender Gap (Pacific Standard)

Are Video Games Becoming Less Sexist? (Pacific Standard)

Promoting Gender Equality Through Emoji (Google Blog)

The Mind-Blowing Amount of Mobile Activity Online Every 10 Seconds (The Next Web)



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Tekla Szymanski

Ladies Who Laugh 2016

July 21, 2016

Ladies Who Laugh is now vintage. On July 19, 2016, NYWICI held its 10th annual fundraiser at Carolines On Broadway with a dynamic lineup that had the audience laughing and crying, usually at the same time.

Linda Descano, Immediate Past President, opened the show excited for a night filled with one-liners from the rising stars of comedy that would benefit a scholarship for a lucky woman pursuing a career in communications.

Sara Armour emceed and kept the audience laughing in between each act. She decided she may have a future as an auctioneer after a flawless raffle performance, which included four tickets to the Rockettes New York Spectacular, Amazon Echos, a Shinola watch, lunch with Liz Kaplow and more.

Liz Barrett, Jacqueline Novak, Giulia Rozzi, Yamaneika Saunders and Liza Treyger rounded out the show with bits on dating in New York, unrealistic beauty expectations for women and navigating a world, where all your friends are married and have children and you're just not interested because you're trying to live life with no restrictions.

Although many of the jokes during the "estrogen fest" focused on the double standard women have to deal with, the men in the audience were laughing too. The comedy was funny and fair, but the Gentleman Jack whiskey from our sponsor definitely didn't hurt!

Girl power was palpable and everyone in the room (even the two men who braved comic critiques of their gender) enjoyed the respite to literally laugh out loud about the pros and comedic cons of being a woman.

Many of the comediennes cracked jokes about their mothers, or (not) becoming mothers themselves. It was interesting to witness how many female experiences transcend generations.

Sara, a NJ native, kicked off the event as emcee and talked about how her mother was her biggest fan and that her Mom could possibly be played by Christopher Lloyd in drag.  Also, how she appeared on “Last Coming Standing” without actually making it on the show. Liz had a very austere approach to comedy as she mocked her own marriage and relationships, whereas Jacqueline's comedy style was very casual — she talked about food and the art of eating the pizza “triangle”. 

Yamaneika’s approach was more irreverent and raunchy, and she had the place rocking when she talked about her own sexual exploits and how to keep a poker face when a man gets naked. Liza used her very sarcastic style talking about how we put up with perfect people’s habits while criticizing those who aren’t quite as well put together. And Guilia had more of a wholesome take. She joked about embarrassing classroom mishaps and how her Grandma “Nonni” saved the day.

The event proceeds will support NYWICI scholarships. Each year, NYWICI awards 15-25 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Learn more.


With reporting by Marie Dugo and Erica Martell.

Photos: Jan Goldstoff


Posted by: 
Brittany Hennessy

The Worst They Can Say is "No"

July 18, 2016

YoPro AloudAs someone who has grown up and into a polite and respectful woman, I’ve often found it difficult to ask for more — like negotiating my salary, applying for a position that I wanted or asking to learn more in an area outside of my normal scope of work. I’ve also learned that I’m not alone with these feelings.

Linda Babcock, author of Women Don’t Ask, revealed in a study for her book that only about 7% of women attempted to negotiate their first salary, while 57% of men did. Why the discrepancy?

Women can feel reluctant or nervous to hear the word “no.” Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and showing vulnerability may trigger fears of failure, rejection and embarrassment. But failure and hearing “no” is worth the discomfort — and it should not cause feelings of defeat.

Instead, turn a “no” into a newly-lit fire that continues to burn within you. It’s true that in life you have to look out for yourself — you need to ask for more to continue to grow and move along your career path. Being polite, passive and respectful still means you should be fairly compensated and/or recognized for your work.

To help ease your fears of rejection, do your research (what is your worth?) and study your surroundings (are there budget cuts going on?). Armed with that knowledge, you can build a strong case as to why you should get what you deserve.

But what if they still say “no” to your demands?

  • Continue growing professionally. Learn from the situation: Can I do more in other ways to help my case? Fine-tune your skill set and seek guidance and advice from mentors.
  • Continue growing personally. Rejection is only hurtful if you give in to how others judge you. Instead, focus on what you want, not what others think. Practice your Ask, as this will help build confidence and courage as you learn how to deal with your emotions. As Oprah Winfrey once said: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
  • Self-reflect. Re-evaluate the situation and assess your goals. Figure out different ways how you can achieve what it is you’re looking for — or look somewhere else.

Never shy away from asking a question or speaking up for yourself. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know the possible ways that your life could change. Nothing is guaranteed but you are worth it. The worst they can say is “no”— but they might just say “yes.”

Posted by: 
Christine Murray

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