The Shriver Report – The Best Time in History to Lean In, Princess Fiona the Role Model and the Brand That Sold Strength Best

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The Best Time in History to Lean In, Princess Fiona the Role Model and the Brand That Sold Strength Best


We hope  that you are done prepping for the upcoming holidays, and that you are also enjoying the final days of 2013. At The Shriver Report, we are putting the finishing touches on the January launch of our upcoming report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, which will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, and promote modern solutions to help women strengthen their financial status.  We are looking forward to sharing it with you.

But while we focus on that, here’s a look at the hot topics from this week.  And from our family to yours, we wish you the merriest of holidays.

There’s never been a better time for working women who want to lean in. This generation of 20-something’s is slowly closing the wage gap by asking for—and receiving—higher pay. The long road to equality is paved with challenges, and Millennials see the light at the end of the tunnel! Keep pushing, ladies.

Full Story: Fast Company, “Are Millennial Women Finally Getting Paid The Same As Their Male Peers?”

The “welfare queen” – fiction or reality? Those who rely on public assistance aren’t just couch potatoes, waiting for a check from the government. In fact, they are thoughtful, frugal spenders. Another myth, busted.

Full Story: The Atlantic, “This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen”

Role models come in all colors, shapes and sixes – just look at Princess Fiona! With a new Wonder Woman movie in the works, the internet is a’buzz about lady action heroes. Yeah, Lara Croft and Katniss Everdeen kick butt, but this author argues that the best feminist action hero is Princess Fiona from Shrek. She’s a green ogre, but she certainly embraces her differences!

Full Story: The Week, “Sorry Katniss, Princess Fiona is still the best feminist action hero around”

Ladies are leading the charge in every industry. We recently introduced you to Mary Barra, the first female CEO of GM. She joins Jenna Lyons, Angela Ahrendts, Sheryl Sandberg and Melissa Meyer in this great roundup of powerhouse leaders, all of who have different management advice for readers.

Full Story: Fast Company, “Six Management Lessons from Visionary Women Leaders”

Sexism, stereotypes, and strength: which brand told it best? It seems like the ‘net turns out a new eye-opening viral campaign every day. AdWeek wants to know which of this year’s most popular gender-based campaigns you liked best! Was it Mercy’s “You’re not a princess?” or maybe our fave, GoldieBlox’s sing-along celebration of STEM?

Full Story: Ad Week, “The 7 Most Inspiring Ad Campaigns for Women in 2013”