New York Junior League hosts Ladies Who Lead for Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, the New York Junior League Affiliation Committee hosted a panel of impressive and accomplished women. Each panelist discussed the different paths they had taken and how it shaped their career. The panel was diverse, ranging from female lawyers who’ve been practicing at prestigious law firms for decades, to an Advertising Executive turned entrepreneur/mom/local government Representative to the Executive Director of the New York Paid Leave Coalition to the Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase.
The event took place in March – below are some of the highlights:
The United States has come a long way as it pertains to equal rights and education on different forms of harassment and violence. In the 1970’s, sexual harassment and domestic violence in the workplace were not uncommon. In the 1980’s, training programs to address these issues were implemented. During the 1990’s, laws to protect women in the workplace who were or became pregnant were implemented. Although these changes are progressive, experts agree that this progression is too slow. What can you do to get involved?
The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee paid maternity leave. Shocking, right? Thankfully, there is new legislation in the works to change this. The Family Act is currently under review. If this act is something you’d like to see implemented, as a resident of New York you can reach out to Senator Kristen Gillibrand and show your support.
The Gender Pay Gap is still a major outstanding issue. Currently, women in New York make an average of 89 cents on the dollar compared to men. If you’re interested in learning more about the gender gap by district, or at the state level, you can find additional resources on the American Association of University Women website.
Though there are laws in place to protect us, many women are still targets of discriminatory actions and behaviors in the workplace – and sometimes even during the hiring process. If you feel a current or potential employer is breaking the law, call your local representative. That is what they’re there for! Depending on what the issue is, you may need to contact your city or state representative. But picking up the phone and asking for direction is the first step on the road to resolution. To find your local representative, visit the United States House of Representatives website.
We also discussed lighter topics – such as life advice. Here are some of their tips:
It is your duty to manage your time. Take time doing what you truly love, and spending time with those whom you love. Whether that means eating pizza with your best friend or volunteering with your significant other – spend more time doing it! We often consume ourselves with work because we think it’s time sensitive, but is it? Sometimes it is, but if there’s not a fire, it can probably wait. Maintaining a healthy balance is crucial.
Cling to your de-stressors! Whether it’s playing the piano, exercising, or drinking a glass of wine with a friend after a long day – embrace what relaxes you.
Reframe your challenges! When you feel overwhelmed or incapable of meeting a difficult challenge, try to change your mindset and view the issue from a different perspective.
If you do not ask, you will not receive! What is the worst thing they can say, no? Remember, if you don’t tell your boss you want a raise, they aren’t going to wake up one day and give one to you. Make your case, and ask! If you never ask, you will never know – and perhaps even worse, you might regret not asking.
Life probably won’t go as planned. Embrace the change and live with purpose!