International Women’s Day


It’s International Women’s Day and I’m definitely hearing about it. It’s all over Twitter, McDonald’s flipped their logo upside down, and the #MeToo #TimesUp movement continues to take over news feeds.

My first encounter with the Woman’s Movement began in Community College with Professor Cynthia Lee Katona (one of the best professors I ever had), who taught a Woman in Literature class. Although she failed me in her English 101 class in my first semester of college, I was fascinated by her stance on women empowerment. She traveled extensively and established the Women’s Studies program at my school.

She taught me originally that the first women’s movement actually began as women trying to fight for equal voting rights, a right to have a voice. However, she also criticized that the newer generations of self-declared feminists have gone too extreme and lost sight of what the original movement meant.

I’m not going to comment on what I believe, what I believe is a half-conceptualized idea that tells me that I don’t know enough to create an opinion yet. But, I do believe in women’s rights and celebrating how far we’ve come. I can hold a job, vote, and I am much further along than my ancestors were.

And slowly but surely there’s a continued renewal of dialogue about women’s rights, about women’s choices, and just about women in general. I think that’s an amazing accomplishment and that it should be celebrated!

So for all of the strong women out there, please celebrate your differences, support each other and continue speaking up. I believe that to have this dialogue and being open will make the world a better place for my daughters and granddaughters in the future.

Fun Fact: Did you know that women are born with all the eggs they will ever need? What this means ladies, is that when your mother was a fetus, one of the eggs that was developed, while your grandmother was pregnant, is you!

Take the challenge, make the world a better place and rise up from the failures of yesteryear. I think twenty years from now, there will be a better world for everyone.

But what do I know? I’m…

~Just the HR Girl

5 Things We Take for Granted at Work

Two and a half weeks ago, I went to watch Hidden Figures it was a great movie. However, from an HR perspective, the movie is phenomenal. Hidden Figures is movie based on three African American women who worked for NASA and their contributions to NASA.

The setting is in 1961.

If you work in the United States, you’ll notice the date is a full three years BEFORE the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII.

In the new age of company lunches, nap pods, and other enticing benefits, we never think about things that we take for granted so here are some of the moments in the movie that really rang true.

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