I Present to You: Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau
“Life is a party. Dress like it!” – Lilly Pulitzer
This past weekend we lost a fabulous fashion designer and icon, her work all started with a juice stand and turned into a hugely popular clothing brand. Lilly’s prints light up any room and bring color to our world.
I have always been a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer brand and I have seen her brand inspire and come to represent more than a brand but a lifestyle. One article even deemed her their ideal feminist and I think I may have to agree. I am pretty girly and like bright colors so I think being able to shine and be yourself while also being a strong independent women, like Lilly, is important.
The loyalty and admiration that I, along with thousands of others, feel towards Lilly Pulitzer is pretty powerful stuff. Young girls grow up with Lilly, women and men and I know that her colorful mark will forever be on our hearts.
The Lilly website and Facebook page has been paying tribute to Lilly all week, here is a link to share your Lilly memories.
I Present to you: Yvonne Brill, Rocket Scientist
Mrs. Brill passed this past week after a life full of chemistry and love. She was an amazing woman, the only woman believed to have been working on rocket science in the mid-1940’s and never received an official engineering degree but was highly skilled in chemistry and math. Mrs. Brill was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010 for her work. She also received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2011.
Not only was Mrs. Brill accomplished in her work but what I found to be even more intriguing was her constant relocation based on her husband’s career as well as her raising of three children all at the same time. Mrs. Brill was dedicated to her work and did not allow her situation or gender to dissuade her from furthering her career.
I think we could call take a hint from Mrs. Brill, especially in a world where science and engineering is still considered a man’s job. Let’s all work to shift the conversation and encourage our young girls to educate themselves in science and technology.
I present to you: Hillary Rodham-Clinton
This former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate in 2016 had a pretty big week. I don’t feel like she needs much more introduction than that. She came out in support of gay marriage and the rights of all Americans in a video produced for the organization the Human Rights Campaign. It is wonderful to see more and more people finally telling the world where they stand on this issue and especially wonderful to see a woman with so much power join in the conversation.
In an article by the Huffington Post Hillary is highlighted as saying “I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being.’’ She couldn’t be more right in my opinion, if we were all on the same playing field then America would be a much more pleasant place to live. I also really enjoyed how she made her statement personal by highlighting Chelsea’s (her daughter) wedding and how she hopes thinks all parents should be able to experience that joy.
I can’t wait to see what else she does in the coming months following the end of her time as secretary of state. I expect big things Ms. Rodham-Clinton!
Who is your woman of the week?
I present to you: Sheryl Sandberg
Yes you may have heard of her, she is the COO of Facebook and she essentially rules the world, but really.
I am taking a class called Representation in the Media and we have recently been focusing on women and their role in the work force. We read a New Yorker article highlighting her rise to the top and her strong work ethic. Sheryl believes that women are just as capable as men at getting to the top but most times they hold themselves back.
Sandberg spoke at a TEDWomen conference and she gave three suggestions on how to solve the problem of the lack of women in top positions. The first being that women need to “sit at the table”, we can not expect to get anywhere if we are just sitting back and not participating. Her second piece of advice for women is “make sure your partner is a real partner”, make sure that the person you’re with is going to support you and that you will be able to share responsibilities. Her final piece of advice is “don’t leave before you leave”, even before women begin a family but are thinking about starting one they stop taking on important tasks and by doing this you make yourself less valuable to your organization.
Although Sheryl has a bad rap with some women because of her unconventional stance, I really appreciate her viewpoint and think that if more women were as assertive, ambitious and confident as she is then the world would be a better place. To hear more of what Sheryl Sandberg has to say check out her TEDWomen talk & her Barnard commencement speech 2011.