* Be a Wonder Woman in the Workplace

Greetings, Sister ~

In today’s political climate, sexism is on the rise and many women are beginning to see a backlash in the workplace. It’s more important than ever to learn how to navigate sexist situations to thrive in the work world and progress in our careers. 

In this article, guest writer, Gloria Martinez, shares progressive tactics to help increase inner-strength and office savvy to overcome on-the-job sexism. Enjoy this excellent article and improve your status in the office – and the world!

Be a Wonder Woman in the Workplace

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A woman who has recently graduated in the US faces the daunting task of finding a new job in a country where men earn more than women in more than 97 percent of the 342 professions reviewed by the US Census Bureau. From running a farm to piloting a plane to overseeing a business, men earn more than women in all but nine jobs. Beyond being concerned about your pay, you may feel uneasy about the advancement opportunities you face against your male counterparts or the threat of sexism in the workplace. As a woman, you have more to worry about than just finding a job.

Ensuring Advancement

Networking was once the most common career advice given to people wanting to advance their careers, but as companies continue to aim for innovation and speed, employees – especially women – need to welcome new ideas and opportunities outside their comfort zones to ensure advancement, says the Financial Women’s Association (FWA). Their poll showed the best thing you can do to advance your career is to move outside your comfort zone. The second thing you need to do is be more vocal and advocate for yourself. This may mean expressing your ideas in a team meeting, or even building a professional website touting your accomplishments. Thirdly, you need to engage in more networking.

Step outside your comfort zone by volunteering to take on additional or new responsibilities and making your career goals well known. Don’t be afraid to participate in conversations or provide an opinion. Have the confidence to ask for a new job or a career shift when the time is appropriate. You can advocate for yourself in several ways, says the FWA. Step up to lead a new initiative at your company or write an article or research paper.

According to the FWA, “Research shows women operate in smaller, close-knit networks comprised of people they like, which can hamper advancement and the opportunity to be visible.” By expanding your network in the workplace, you’re also stepping outside your comfort zone – you’re doing two of the top three things to advance your career! Network opportunities include professional associations, industry conferences, and your alma mater.

Navigating Sexism

The Huffington Post states that subtle sexism can include anything from being constantly interrupted by male coworkers to always being asked to plan the office parties to not being allowed to participate in work meetings. Even feeling intimidated by the thought of asking for a raise for fear of being labeled selfish or entitled can be labeled as sexism. Author Jessica Bennett offered her advice to the Huffington Post on fighting sexism.

She suggests to first have a group of women in your corner. Meet weekly or monthly to talk about your jobs and the challenges you face. Then share tricks and tips to fight sexism. At work, if you’re interrupted or spoken down to, it can be helpful to call out the behavior in a light way, such as using words like “manterruptor,” “mansplaining,” or “menstruhater.” Bennett says, “…These funny phrases can actually allow us to talk about really complicated issues.”

If someone says something sexist to you, such as, “How will you complete this project and take care of your kids?” come back to him with research. For example, tell him that moms statistically get stuff done faster and more efficiently than people without children because “they don’t have time to deal with crap.”

Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Don’t undermine yourself. Be confident and bold. Don’t worry about needing to come off as polite and humble. Bennett suggests something called power posing. You stand in a wide-stance (like a Wonder Woman pose) for 90 seconds. The result is a rise in your testosterone and confidence with a decrease in stress levels. So next time you doubt your ability to crack the glass ceiling, bring out your inner Wonder Woman.

About Author Gloria Martinez

Gloria created Womenled.org to spotlight women’s achievements. She loves sharing her business expertise and hopes to inspire other women to start their own businesses.


* Self-Love and Relationships

 “I love everyone, and you’re next!”

The refrigerator magnet displaying these exuberant words describes the loving nature of its owner, my friend Lilly.  Lilly exudes an infectiously loving vibration toward everyone she meets. Her smiles, embraces, and energetic connections melt even the coldest of hearts, for they feel her sincere full-presence and compassion. Harmony reigns in Lilly’s friendships and marriage, for they’re built on a foundation of respect, appreciation and love – for her loved ones and herself.  

Such a strong expression of outward-flowing love comes from deep inner-love and high self-esteem. Lilly’s effusive love for others is a result of her exploration and appreciation of her own unique body, mind and soul. By honoring the truth of who she is, she can more clearly appreciate and respect the individual natures of others. In her interpersonal relationships, Lilly’s self-esteem is demonstrated with not just an open heart, but also with strong boundaries, honest communication and self-care. These enable her to cultivate and enjoy healthy relationships based on truth, mutual-respect and love.

If everyone possessed Lilly’s high self-esteem, harmony would reign in all relationships on the planet -  from intimate to political. Humanity would head toward another Renaissance and away from collapse.

Dr. Lori BuckleySelf-love and relationship is the topic that Dr. Lori Buckley and I recently discussed on her podcast show, Looking for Love.  Dr. Lori is a brilliant therapist who has helped hundreds of women and men navigate through their relationship challenges. She also believes that strong self-esteem as a necessity for a healthy relationships.  

In this show, we share ideas and exercises that help women enhance their self-love. Dr. Lori, who is down-to-earth and overflowing with positive energy, provides a psychological perspective, while I offer information from a spiritual and energetic angle. In this entertaining exchange of insights we hope to inspire and encourage women everywhere to develop a foundation of exuberant self-love, so that all relationships, and indeed, the entire planet, can become more loving.

You can hear this episode of the Looking for Love with Dr. Lori Buckley podcast on iTunes. Look for the “Self Love.” Episode.

To learn more about Dr. Lori Buckley and her work, go to DrLoriBuckley.com



** Loving Yourself Through Sexual Dysfunction

Men’s sexual malfunctions are no secret. Pharmaceutical drug companies spend millions of dollars every year to sell their E.D. drugs, making it clear that male sexual dysfunction is not a rare occurrence. Seldom do we hear about women’s sexual dysfunction, except perhaps in conversation with a girlfriend. Yet this frustrating ailment affects millions of American women of all ages, and is caused by stress, hormonal imbalances, and even not enough sex. While there is no magic pill that remedies low libido and painful sex in women (at this time, anyway), there are a great number of holistic treatments and practices that can.

The following infographic, Not Just a Man’s World: Sexual Dysfunction Among Women (and What to Do About it) from www.xsandos.net provides excellent information and solutions to your yoni woes. It explains the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction, why it occurs, and how to relieve the symptoms and restore your sexual health. Recommended remedies include quick fixes for immediate relief and long-term solutions for enduring yoni and sexual health. They are well-researched, effective and good for you. 

Taking responsibility for your love-making abilities is empowering, self-loving and good for your intimate relationship(s).

So if your yoni doesn’t cooperate in the bedroom, don’t give up. You can renew your youthful enthusiasm for sex. And you’ll love yourself for it!

Not Just a Man’s World Sexual Dysfunction Among Women