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Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt
Gloria Feldt is a leading women's activist, keynote speaker, and best selling author most recently of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. She teaches Women, Power, and Leadership at Arizona State University and is former president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Aug. 23, 2016 10:29 am
My friend Carol Jenkins, a board member of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition was updating me over lunch about the current attempt to get the ERA into the U.S. Constitution. “This is where I came in,” I said. The renewed effort, founded in 2014, comes almost a century after suffragist leader Alice Paul drafted the ERA in 1923. The language is simple : “Equality of rights under the...  Read More
Feb. 29, 2016 12:41 pm
It’s Leap Day ! February 29 is the every-fourth-year calendar adjustment for the Gregorian calendar’s imperfections. The extra day appended to February inspired a leap of vision and blazing hope for women in 5 th Century Ireland, when St. Bridget persuaded St. Patrick to declare that a woman could do what was then the unthinkable: ask a man to marry her. At a time when a woman was, for...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2015 2:31 pm
I recently had a chance to speak with my friend and Take The Lead board member Leon Silver, co-managing partner of the Phoenix office of law firm Gordon & Rees. Leon is a lifelong supporter of women’s rights and co-founder of The Liberty Project nonprofit. Gloria Feldt : You recently welcomed your first grandchild to the world, a baby boy named Greg. Looking forward to his future,...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2015 2:09 pm
Leadership is first and foremost about developing others. I wrote this post to our fabulous and diverse and talented participants in our NEW Train-the-Trainer program (we held the training at the beautiful Omega Institute in May) to share why my core workshop is so necessary for women NOW—how their role as certified “Take The Leaders” can accelerate women’s advancement to leadership parity. Meet...  Read More
Aug. 25, 2015 8:03 pm
If you said “ Women’s Equality Day ,” you’d be right. And if you said it’s the 95 th anniversary of the date in 1920 when women’s right to vote officially entered the U.S. Constitution , you’d be spot on. But the greater significance of this day is not about looking backward at quaint sepia photo of suffragists picketing the White House (though it is notable that the suffragists were the...  Read More
Jun. 20, 2015 9:46 am
My father, Max Feldt, stood 6’ 3” with a personality so big (and the towns we lived in so small ) that the postal service once delivered a letter to me addressed only: “To the eldest daughter of Big Max, Stamford, Texas.” Family lore says he roared, “Who said I wanted a boy?” when reminded that prior to my birth he’d boasted HE was having a son. (No ultrasound back then, folks.) Daddy was...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2015 10:52 am
This was in my Twitter feed today to remind me it's Equal Pay Day: This is funny, + sadly, true. On average, ♀ r working 22% of the time 4 free. We need 2 fix this. @GloriaFeldt — Sheryl L. Axelrod (@sher_lawyer) April 14, 2015 I don't know about you, but I'm sooo tired of hearing that same statistic over and over in the annual communal outcry about the lack of...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 12:11 pm
On Wednesday, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson completed their grueling 19-day climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. And I was mesmerized. But why? Photo via I’m as uninterested in summiting sheer granite cliffs as in having another root canal. Yet why was I so engaged, cheering the news that these two men had against all odds become the first to...  Read More
Dec. 29, 2014 8:17 am
Understanding the Role Confidence Plays Would workplaces become more balanced and society more equitable if women exhibited more confidence? Katty Kay and Claire Shipman created a stir with their book The Confidence Code and their article, “The Confidence Gap” in The Atlantic . To continue this important conversation, we were honored to have Shipman speak to the Take The Lead community...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2014 11:19 pm
I was on vacation the last few weeks. And judging from the number of vacation messages from people on this newsletter list, so were many of you. Hope you had a restorative experience if you have already taken time off, (See below for who I met on my vacation.) And if yours is still to come, I hope you are planning to get away for a vacation or maybe a stress free staycation. With summer...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2014 11:09 pm
If it’s so darn hard to be a parent and a CEO, why doesn't Indra Nooyi resign from PepsiCo ? Nooyi, who receives high marks as a CEO, fell several notches in my estimation as a leader who apparently doesn’t realize the impact her words will have on younger women’s aspirations. And don’t even talk to me about Anne-Marie Slaughter, who firestarted the debate with her incendiary article that got...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2014 11:00 pm
Consumer products ads have jumped on the girls and women's empowerment bandwagon. Is this commercialization of women's equality a good thing? On the positive side, when a company like Pantene bases an entire shampoo ad campaign on exposing sexism and starts a hashtag telling women to #ShineStrong, you know something big has shifted in the culture. Pantene’s wildly successful first commercial ...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2014 10:43 pm
After a whirlwind year of creating an organization, hosting an amazing launch , and being overwhelmed with gratitude for the scores of organizations and individuals who have supported our cause, donated to it, and who want to align with Take The Lead's mission and programs , we've been taking stock. Asking ourselves what works and what not so much. What are the highest leverage activities...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2014 8:19 pm
I've never been to a professional hockey game nor wanted to. I stay far away from sports bars. But I do resonate with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky whose pithy leadership advice is, "Don't skate to where the hockey puck is. Skate to where the hockey puck is going." I love the direction the hockey puck is going for women in sports. That’s why why I’m excited about Take The Lead's upcoming...  Read More
Nov. 4, 2014 9:49 am
When Shirley Chisholm broke both racial and gender barriers to become the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968 and later the first Black woman to run for U. S. president , she leapfrogged over more barriers to power than any woman considering a run today can even imagine. Was she conflicted in her relationship with power? Just the opposite as the quote above indicates. How did she...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2014 12:53 pm
A big barrier to women’s leadership parity was overlooked in the recent brouhaha about Facebook and Apple covering employees’ insurance for egg freezing . These companies are not, as headlines screamed “paying women to freeze eggs.” And I see nothing wrong with covering fertility treatments that though still far from fully effective , can give women childbearing options men naturally have, and...  Read More
Sep. 22, 2014 2:22 pm
Journalist Sheila Weller triggered the gossip machine with her new book The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour—and the (ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News , when she reported on C-word #1: competition between the three female newsmedia icons. Couric’s flippant comment that Sawyer must have traded sexual favors to land a coveted...  Read More
Sep. 4, 2014 12:35 am
I led a women’s executive leadership workshop on “Women, Power, and Authentic Leadership” recently. A business school professor presented just before me, so I arrived early to observe her segment. She’s a highly skilled communicator who presented terrific content. Her elegant attire and direct but modulated self-presentation perfectly mirror how women are advised to look and speak to succeed...  Read More
Aug. 26, 2014 7:47 pm
I was savoring my grilled salmon salad recently when my lunch partner’s casual comment made me drop my fork and get serious. "They've asked me to be board chair at the Brooklyn Museum , I'd be the first woman in their 100-year history. But I don't know if I can do it," Elizabeth Sackler said. "What do you think I should do?" Without flipping a lettuce leaf, I hopped right onto my soapbox. “...  Read More
Jul. 3, 2014 7:05 am
Stefi materialized like a sea sprite during our first breakfast at the Dubrovnik estate overlooking placid turquoise Adriatic waters. In an uncharacteristically impulsive act, I had purchased four nights for four people in this Croatian paradise at a charity auction. And here we were, absorbing the wonders of this gorgeous place, complete with Nada the amazing chef, a driver—and Stefi. Until...  Read More
Jul. 2, 2014 2:25 pm
My husband Alex and I just returned from a perfect vacation in the renowned Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. If you haven’t made this trip, put it on your bucket list. We swam with the giant sea turtles and iguanas, cavorted with playful sea lions, and snapped photos of the famous blue-footed boobies—it was pure heaven. We also met fluffy white Nazca boobies and red-wattled magnificent...  Read More
Jun. 20, 2014 1:26 pm
Female leadership firsts are trending. Especially when an organization is in big trouble, it seems. Often the choice of a woman appears to be an act of desperation. Fix us, clean up the mess and make it all work. Call mommy to doctor a skinned knee, soothe the troubled waters. Marissa Mayer at Yahoo for instance, was brought in to stop the bleeding at Yahoo and set it back on a path to profits —...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2014 12:08 pm
In case you missed or want to relive our June 1 tweetchat , I'm pleased to share the Storify summary. The tweetchat about women and power was incredibly fast paced — the tweets virtually whizzed by — and I had a great time answering as many questions as I could get to in our short time. Feel free to send more or to comment on the conversation here. And consider joining me to learn your 9...  Read More
Jun. 2, 2014 8:00 am
With hindsight, this 2013 article all but predicted Jill Abramson’s unceremonious fall . Though according to the New Yorker rendition , her demise was precipitated when Abramson, the New York Times ’ first female executive editor, confronted her boss, publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., after learning her pay was significantly less than her predecessor, I point the finger of firing fate...  Read More
May 29, 2014 5:34 pm
I remember the first time I read Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was the most searing yet beautiful prose I had ever encountered. And later, the phenomenon of her poem “ Phenomenal Woman ” invaded my consciousness and became a kind of anthem for women everywhere: Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk...  Read More
Mar. 27, 2014 7:06 pm
When GM’s new, and first female, CEO Mary Barra moved quickly and publicly to recall cars with the company’s potentially lethal ignition switch problems her predecessors had known but failed to address for a decade, you could feel the fresh air. It would be foolhardy to say her gender made her act in this ethical manner, or to assume a man would not. Still, you can’t help but notice that...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2014 3:13 pm
When you speak with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving , it’s easy to conjure the teenage percussionist he once was, asserting his high energy drive with his drumsticks, and quite possibly driving his mother crazy by beating bongos while doing the split in the kitchen like Jean-Claude Van Damme in this classically weird GoDaddy ad . I had a chance to interview the leader of the world’s largest and most...  Read More
Dec. 19, 2013 6:30 am
Take a listen to the interesting and profound questions asked by the members of 85 Broads Phoenix. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the fabulous Stacey Gualandi as a part of their Amazing Women series. This is an audio recording of just the Q and A section of the interview. Enjoy-and if you have comments on my answers or further questions, you know I want to hear from you. ...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2013 6:30 am
Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Every year, we hear the same report, that women make 77 cents to men's dollar. Sometimes 78, but basically, we get the same handwringing commentary and nothing changes. In fact, Catalyst just released its 2013 census reporting that there is still no progress for women as leaders. That's why I was...  Read More
Nov. 29, 2013 6:30 am
L-R: Lauren Sandground, Rhoda Hassan, Cheryl Swain meet to plan Take The Lead Challenge Feb. 19 launch I recently had the pleasure of meeting Arizona State University student Lauren Sandground at a meeting to plan the Take The Lead Challenge Launch event (happening February 19 at ASU—check it out here and plan to be there live or by livestream). Lauren, a senior, started an organization...  Read More
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