In this week’s Wednesday 5: an entrepreneur helps migrant women start food businesses; Shonda Rhimes on exactly what it takes to shatter the glass ceilings in Hollywood; Wonder Woman and her lessons on 21st century leadership; posters that warned against “the horrors of a world with Women’s Rights”; and a group of Columbia Business School women who are redefining the word “bitch.”



An Entrepreneur Helps Migrant Women Start Food Businesses

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Writing for The Guardian, entrepreneur Niki Kopcke shared this:

Migrant women so often, due to gender norms and other factors, are cloistered at home, which leads to long-term unemployment and social isolation. I wanted to find a way to create space for these women to be part of London, to give them these women access to the London outside of their communities. I wanted to turn home inside out, giving them the chance to do what they do privately—which is to cook—in the public sphere.

Her big idea: recruit women who want to set up their own businesses in food, who can’t get work but love cooking. Via private and public events, they become the chefs. Kopcke’s nonprofit is called Mazí Mas, which means “with us” in Greek, it’s “an invitation to come and eat with us,” she writes. It’s also a way to honor her own  Greek godmother, Maria Maroulis, who too was a migrant woman in London.

Read more at The Guardian



Shonda Rhimes on Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Hollywood

In this week’s dose of inspiration, we share with you the riveting speech made by award-winning television show creator Shonda Rhimes as she recently accepted the Sherry Lansing Award from The Hollywood Reporter. Rhimes acknowledges the progress of women in the entertainment world at the Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast and also clarifies exactly how she made it to that moment of shattering the glass ceiling.



Lessons on Leadership via Wonder Woman

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We always knew she was much more than the bulletproof gold cuffs. A new book by Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, looks at the superhero and explores why we are still fighting the same battles she fought. Writing for Inc., Leigh Buchanan declares:

“Wonder Woman’s greatest battles weren’t waged against villains like Dr. Psycho or Professor Manly. Rather, they were against people with the power to define her. Those battles are still being fought by three-dimensional women in the engineering departments of tech companies, in political campaigns, and in the plush offices of VCs and studio executives. Their foes: ingrained but unspoken prejudices and self-perpetuating systems of power disbursement. For women in such circumstances, superpowers aren’t the key to victory. They’re table stakes.”

Read more about the book at Inc.




Posters that Warned Against the Horrors of a World with Women’s Rights

697x461xScreen-Shot-2014-12-09-at-13.27.23.jpg.pagespeed.ic.oQrb3Gxep_-rWO_s81mjAnd in this week’s dose of hilarity, we share with you the “Posters that Warned against the Horrors of a World with Women’s Rights” featured on MessyNessy chic



Redefining “B&*^ch”

A group of Columbia Business School women created a YouTube video in which a young woman sings and raps about getting ahead in the workplace by acting like a “b–ch.” It has reached over 1.7 million views.

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  • ellensue spicer-jacobson December 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Iplan to put this link on my website. Excellent!

  • patricia yarberry allen md December 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Make that number way over 1.7 million viewers. I have watched this awesome and so inappropriate (love that!) Columbia Business School You Tube video ten times this morning and just sent it around to all my colleagues and friends. Nothing more fun than a little dis-inhibition to start the day! Love that younger women are redefining feminism and doing it with sass and humor. I was that B word too but didn’t have the voice to describe it.

    Patricia Yarberry Allen MD