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Not just Nefertiti – there are plenty of influential women in history. If you look for them…

Not just Nefertiti – there are plenty of influential women in history. If you look for them… | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Only a handful of powerful female figures come swiftly to mind. But that’s because the research is lacking
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Powerful women are systematically relegated to the footnotes of history.

Why? The number one reason is this, very simple fact, "we find what we are looking for." Yes, indeed!

The second reason? " Where we have the evidence it is often sidelined. Think of Enheduanna, the first named female author in history, writing exquisite poetry in the Middle East 4,000 years ago."

I had never heard of Enheduanna. Have you?!

Brilliant article, with striking examples, which makes me want to know more about these unknown powerful women in History.

Love the conclusion too

"Nefertiti is lovely, but we should use our wit and will to look beyond that beautiful face to discover and to enjoy a more satisfying narrative – the story of mankind, not just of man."

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Fundamental Question for Speakers: Where Do You Stand?

Fundamental Question for Speakers: Where Do You Stand? | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
When giving a speech there is no neutral, objective, or noncommittal perspective. Speakers worth listening to stake out a position.
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As women, we have the opportunity ( and the responsability!) to clearly express our own voice and say where we stand.
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L’ambition féminine | Nathalie Loiseau | TEDxAix

L’ambition féminine | Nathalie Loiseau | TEDxAix | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Ambition should not be an oxymoron for women, who often think they « have  » to choose between their career and their personal lives… Nathalie explains why women often self-limit their ambition and what role family and scholar ecosystems play – or should play- in that process.
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Comment l'ambition vient aux petites filles? Ou plutôt, comment elle est paralysée par le mythe de la bonne élève, appliquée, docile et reposante, les contes de fées qui nous offrent des princesses belles et sages et non des aventurières, les media qui projettent des images de perfection impossible à atteindre.

Nathalie Loiseau, avec une extrême simplicité et une grande honnêteté, nous révèle le frein majeur à l'ambition: l'immense orgueil des femmes, et non leur modestie.

Elle déclare qu'elle n'a jamais eu d'ambition, mais eu comme moteur la passion et la curiosité. Elle a décidé de tout choisir, de fonder une famille et d'avoir 4 enfants tout en étant diplomate.

Son souhait, en tant que nouvelle directrice de l'ENA: "Pousser vers le haut les jeunes femmes, non pas pour leur qualités féminines, mais pour prendre leur place aux côtés des hommes. Réhabiliter ce beau mot d'ambition : servir à quelque chose, se mettre au service des autres, c'est faire la différence là où on est, l'ambition doit pouvoir se décliner au masculin comme au féminin.".

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Women in Business — Tara Swart - FT.com

Women in Business — Tara Swart - FT.com | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Tara Swart is a doctor and neuroscientist, designing and running the neuroscience and leadership course at MIT Sloan School of Management and guest lecturing at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Oxford Saïd Business School.
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I recommend the reading of Tara Swart 's latest book (collective work) "Neuroscience for Leadership". Especially the part on "Why if the soft stuff so hard?" and "Whole person, vibrant organization. Totally aligned with our approach of gender-balanced leadership and whole brain speaking.

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Femmes lascives et muettes dans le regard des orientalistes

Femmes lascives et muettes dans le regard des orientalistes | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, au Québec, consacre jusqu'au 31 mai 2015, une rétrospective au peintre français Benjamin Constant....
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Passionnant article autour de la thèse de l'historienne Lynn Thornton et la puissance des représentations.

"Et parmi ces images, ces représentations de "l'autre", surgissent abondamment des odalisques, esclaves des harems, fantasme parmi les fantasmes des peintres et des écrivains occidentaux du XIXème siècle et du XXème, tissant un imaginaire collectif, où les femmes idéales seraient irréelles, à disposition des mâles, obéissantes et reposantes.  " 

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The Secret Formula for a Winning Pitch? Use your hands + metaphors. Voilà!

The Secret Formula for a Winning Pitch? Use your hands + metaphors. Voilà! | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Jean Clarke, associate professor in entrepreneurship and organisational theory at Leeds University Business School in the UK, tells FT Business Education Editor Della Bradshaw that gesture and metaphorical speech can help entrepreneurs secure funding from investors.
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Top chef et la cuisine "féminine"

Top chef et la cuisine "féminine" | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Depuis quinze jours, la sixième saison de l’émission culte de M6 a commencé. Comme à chaque fois, une quinzaine de candidats s’affrontent pour remporter le titre désormais très convoité de Top chef...
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2 young women awarded New Year honours for their work on gender equality

2 young women awarded New Year honours for their work on gender equality | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Rebecca Jeffree and Rebecca Baldwin wanted to change how diversity was seen within the civil service. They explain how they built up a women’s network and why 2015 will see the rise of the male feminist
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 This will be one of my objectives for 2015: raising awareness about the business case for diversity in organisations. Ready to give keynotes on this topc. Watch this place!

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Gender Game: Fighting For a Voice Through Song

Gender Game: Fighting For a Voice Through Song | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
everyone can and should communicate easily with each other.”
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"Gender Game" is tamtam's anthemic debut: a call to action in a world that has still not widely supported complete gender equality. The powerful lyrics pull no punches, encouraging women everywhere to continue striving for their dreams in the face of gender discrimination. As tamtam elaborates, "I was born & raised in a culture that didn't grant women basic civil liberties or allow them the opportunity to express themselves. However, I was lucky enough to have the support & inspiration from my family & loved ones, and was able to create music & find self-expression. This is a message that is very close to my heart."

 Spread the word! A vos Tam-Tams!
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How Crowdfunding neutralizes gender differences. A New Way to Pitch for Women?

How Crowdfunding neutralizes gender differences. A New Way to Pitch for Women? | Women on Stage | Scoop.it

Women are more socially conscious entrepreneurs and also more often dismissed by venture capitalists. But there is a way around the VC gatekeepers. 

Crowdfunding neutralized the stylistic differences of the initial pitch. With crowdfunding, you do a big push through online marketing, social media and networking to drive people to the crowdfunding platform, but your online marketing material (company description, bios and video) do the initial pitch. Honing their marketing message upfront was critical.

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I especially liked that line: "Cattano read everything she could about pitching. Everything she read recommended an aggressive style, which was not hers, and probably not the style of most women."

There is definitely a shift in the way pitching is done. Not only for women's needs, but for Gen Y and social entrepreneurs of the collaborative economy.

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ELLE Active organise son premier forum à Lyon ! - Elle

ELLE Active organise son premier forum à Lyon ! - Elle | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Après trois éditions réussies à Paris, direction Lyon ! Le magazine ELLE vous donne rendez-vous lundi 2 février 2015 dans la ville des Lumières pour...
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J'y animerai 2 ateliers!

1. A 14h00  Les 10 erreurs à éviter quand on prend la parole en réunions ou en conférences (et les 5 clés de la réussite!)

 

2. A 15h30 La Recette du Pitch Gagnant pour prendre contact en 2 minutes chrono.

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On imbalanced "Hardball Hotshots" panel, Scarborough called Sen. Clinton "very shrill"

On imbalanced "Hardball Hotshots" panel, Scarborough called Sen. Clinton "very shrill" | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
every time her voice goes up, she gets very shrill,
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On the difficulty of speaking up, when your voice is high-pitched...which is the case for most women! Hard truth and women have to deal with it. Do we need to mimick men? Certainly not. But lowering very slightly our voice when we start speaking can be a good strategy. 

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Why are there so few women in Philosophy?

Why are there so few women in Philosophy? | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
When I was a PhD student at Princeton in the 1990s, nobody that I knew was talking in any kind of systematic way about women in philosophy. I remember just one conversation, on a train, in which several of us women PhD students remarked on how little we spoke in seminars, and swapped some tips on how to overcome the fear of speaking that had somehow come upon us only once we hit grad school – “Get used to your voice! “Try asking ‘how do you spell that name?’”

It wasn’t until many years later that I started getting to know women who did get together to talk about these issues. Then I learned facts – that women are only 17% of full-time academic staff in philosophy in the US (the UK’s a bit better with 29%). And I learned that this was worse than in most fields of science, where gender disparities have long been a source of concern. I wanted to learn more about the range of women’s experiences – good and bad – in philosophy. So I decided to create a blog where people could share brief anonymous anecdotes.
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Jill Abramson on Women, Leadership and Authenticity

Jill Abramson on Women, Leadership and Authenticity | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
"I have always felt, for better or worse in my own working life, that at a certain level you are who you are, and the only way to do your best work is to be true to yourself," said Jill in a phone interview with me last month.
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Jill's advice to young women?

"Find a story that just obsesses you and report the hell out of it. Then write it in a compelling way," she says. "Learn to be a master of narrative because that talent will take you to the very top."

And, remember to laugh. "You have to have someone in your life who you can really laugh about everything with -- to be completely blunt -- about all the shit you have to take because you are a woman."

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Resolving the Conflict Between "Woman" and "Leader"

Resolving the Conflict Between "Woman" and "Leader" | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Practicing mindfulness is also likely to make leaders less prone to second-generation gender bias, and more likely to spot it behind the façade of gender-neutral rhetoric.
Marion Chapsal's insight:

Love this original concept of mindfulness applied to dealing with gender bias.

I also like the questions organisations should ask themselves, beyond the "official rhetoric" so that they "take a hard look at their policies and practices - both formal and informal - to determine whether any of them reinforce the “think leader-think male” stereotype.

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TRAILER: 'Women don't have the minds for politics' Shocking new film Suffragette

TRAILER: 'Women don't have the minds for politics' Shocking new film Suffragette | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
MERYL STREEP, Helen Bonham-Carter, Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson lead the all-star cast of Suffragette in the new trailer.
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Cannot wait to see Meryl Streep on stage for this memorable speech! In a stirring speech, Meryl Streep's Emmeline Pankhurst sums up the spirit of the film and the movement as a whole: "Never underestimate the power we women have to define our own destinies," she cries.

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The all-male panel is horribly outdated and lame

The all-male panel is horribly outdated and lame | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
So many panels, so many men. A new Tumblr has the power to shame conference organizers into changing their ways.
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You Must Stand Up for What You Believe. Vibrant Speech by @michaelsheen

You Must Stand Up for What You Believe. Vibrant Speech by @michaelsheen | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Quoting Bevan at length Sheen delivered a passionate defence of the health service.

Sheen asked: "Do we want to be a society where each person is recognised? Where all are equal in worth and value. And where that value is not purely a monetary one. A society that is supportive, that is inclusive and compassionate."

He added: "At a time now, when people mistrust politicians as being too professional, too disconnected, no longer representing the voice of the people they have been elected to serve but more likely to represent the voice of wherever the money is. No longer standing for anything meaningful, or inspired by strongly held beliefs."
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Indeed, politics deserves such passionate and convincing orators, who inspire us by a compassionate, inclusive and supportive voice.

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Are Presenters born or made?

Are Presenters born or made? | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
How to be like Oprah.
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When you think that Steve Jobs" came across as bashful and awkward in his earliest presentations", you start believing you too can become a great presenter!

 "Jobs painstakingly worked to increase his level of charisma over the years, and you can see the gradual improvement in his public appearances." 

I strongly believe anyone can become a good presenter, given the right method, support and feedback, and ready to invest time, hard work and passion.

Just like Ratatouille's anyone can be a cook :-)

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How Perfectionism Holds Women Back

How Perfectionism Holds Women Back | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
A new book by journalists (and recovering self-doubters) Katty Kay and Claire Shipman looks at why women still lack confidence no matter how much they've accomplished
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I love this example: 

I was watching Hillary Clinton up on stage recently, at a conference for women. She was asked to give the younger generation career advice. “At this point in my career, I’ve employed so many young people,” Hillary began. “One of the differences is that when I say to a young woman, ‘I want you to take on this extra responsibility,” almost invariably she says, ‘Do you think I’m ready?’ But when I ask a man, he goes, ‘How high, how fast, when do I start?!’”

 
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11-year-old argues for more female superheroes, and DC agrees - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

11-year-old argues for more female superheroes, and DC agrees - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Eleven-year-old Rowan has the same complaint that a lot of fans do — that there simply aren’t enough comics, movies and toys featuring female superheroes. So she wrote a letter to DC Comics, saying, “Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.” Today, DC answered. The letter, posted Wednesday this week …
Marion Chapsal's insight:

Oh, I love it! Brave girl! I wish I had the guts to write this kind of letter. So well said and so true. Who said "women don't ask"? Now they do and people listen and do something!

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How to create a diverse event: tips for the World Economic Forum organisers

How to create a diverse event: tips for the World Economic Forum organisers | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Tired of the same male, pale and stale event panels? Here’s how to guarantee a more interesting, and diverse, line up. Sofie Sandell reports
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How to make sure we see more women on stage! Excellent reminders, worth reading for all events organisers!

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The Eloquent Woman: 8 secret advantages of the seasoned speaker

The Eloquent Woman: 8 secret advantages of the seasoned speaker | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
A sense of self: This might be the seasoned speaker's strongest advantage: She knows who she is as a speaker, and isn't afraid to share personal details or to roll with odd or unusual situations. As a result, she's better able to connect and appear credible and confident to her listeners.
Marion Chapsal's insight:

J'adore cette expression,  "seasoned" speaker. Intraduisible en français. Bien assaisonnée? 

Bel article, comme d'habitude, de ma collègue Denise Graveline à Washington.

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Professional women? With little-girl voices?

Professional women? With little-girl voices? | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
Reporter Ashley Milne-Tyte noticed that many professional women in their 20s and 30s speak in ways that are, well, not very direct. She asked around about how women's voices matter to their careers.
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Yes, again, women's voices matter to their careers. Learn the sound of your voice and get some feedback. Use appropriate tone and avoid this "little girl"'s voice.

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BBC - Radio 3 puts the spotlight on female composers for International Women's Day 2015 - Media centre

BBC - Radio 3 puts the spotlight on female composers for International Women's Day 2015 - Media centre | Women on Stage | Scoop.it
BBC Radio 3 is to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, championing the talents and creativity of women who have written music throughout the centuries.
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Well done, BBC 3 Radio! I wish France Musique would do the same. Too many women voices are silenced!

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