Feminist Memes To Keep You Motivated - & LOLing - At Work.
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To meme at work or not to meme at work, that is the question.
Memes are a big part of our digital culture. They are an online extension of ourselves and play a key role in our social expression. They also make it pretty easy to fall into Internet wormholes that have the power to make domestic cats famous (RIP Grumpy Cat) and our coworkers chuckle.
Sure, memes are meant to be funny, but they can also provide a simplistic, visual approach to important human rights issues in the most highly shareable format possible (did someone say viral?!). It also goes without saying that there are plenty of memes out there that don't show women in the most positive light.
So how can we make sure those fun feminist memes we love and find ourselves thumbing through are the ones going viral and those not so fun memes stay hidden from the interweb altogether?
Tiffany Shlain, cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and founder of the Webby Awards, practices something called "Growing Up the Internet" - redesigning how we receive and share our internet findings.
Her main tip? Saturate your feed with content that empowers and inspires you each and every day - block the ones that don't. Hashtags like #EmpowerWomen, #GenderGap, #WomenInTech are great starts. Our personal "meme time" on the internet can also be full of positive images.
Check out some of our team's favorite feminist memes to keep you motivated - & LOLing - at work.
Let us know what memes inspire you and make you your most productive self at work.
Tweet us your favorites @powertofly and we'll add them to the list!
As we work to break the gender gap together, women in biz/STEM gotta stick together.
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Get inspired on how to support your fellow female colleague by listening to the Confessions of Successful Asian Women podcast.
EQUALITY over everything.
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If you want your company to reap the benefits of diversity, then you need to breakdown implicit bias and stereotypes, not reinforce them. Revisit our "Gender neutral language in the workplace" post for more.
We are diverse women. Embrace your uniqueness in the workplace so that you can take innovation to the next level.
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You don't need to hide who you are at work! Watch Michele Cantos, Director of Fullstack Academy's Grace Hopper Program, explain how you can be your authentic self at work and leverage your unique background and experiences.
Self-confidence is key - if you believe in yourself, anything is possible!
Self-love, self-care, and body hair. Embrace yourself. You are enough.
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Find your professional peers and embrace the sense of community that comes with it. There are people out there who are willing and want to support you!
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Taking on inclusion means focusing on building meaningful relationships. When it comes to marketing, there are companies who value transparency, open-mindedness, and authentic outreach. The trick is filtering through the content that arrives at your fingertips to see if your best interests are being served, or if it's a tacky attempt to win you over - LGBTQ+ community or otherwise.
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Finding ways to include diverse and underrepresented voices is important to us at PowerToFly. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by coworkers who either identify with the LGBTQ+ community or don't, yet still value our voices and community engagement processes.
Unfortunately, there are companies who lack that authentic perspective but may just as well be curious as to how to reach the LGBTQ+ market. Check out this book by LGBTQ+ business strategist Jenn T Grace to help navigate this highly nuanced demographic – sensitively and profitably. Grace shares stories that illustrate the do's and don'ts of doing business with the LGBTQ community.
Feminism (n): the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
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The literal definition of feminism is EQUALITY of the sexes. Just because I advocate for my fellow female colleagues at work doesn't mean I hate men, in fact, studies show that diverse teams perform better - not just female teams.
Stereotyping is not cool. If you're curious to learn more about your teammates, ask HR for some employee engagement team building activities to break the ice and understand each other better.
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Listen to the Creating Espacios podcast on our list of recommended podcasts. You'll find an episode with Nathalie Huerta explaining how vulnerability, community building, and Google helped her build The Perfect Sidekick Gym, the first queer gym in the nation. "Nathalie works tirelessly to create safe spaces for those in the LGBT community in a life-changing way." -Creating Espacios
Not every leader develops overnight - and not every woman wants to lead.
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Sure, we're living in a day and age where the call for female leaders and role models is louder than ever, but not every woman wants to be a leader - and that's ok! If you're in a leadership position now, check in on the women below you, ask them if they need some help, and what their career goals are. If they are interested in leadership - awesome! Have them check out this video and support them along their way. If they aren't interested, that's ok too. They still need the support and advocacy of other leaders to propel them into the best individual contributors they can be!
Teamwork makes the dream work!
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We recognize the importance of inclusion in the workplace. As the LGBTQ+ community fights for equality and inclusion at work (for trans employees to be able to use the bathroom, for example), officials like presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand are working hard to protect this girl's trans mom, and the LGBTQ+ community in general.
"Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self expression and, above all, attitude." —Iris Apfel, businesswoman and fashion icon.
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Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof. Where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success—and they all want their friends to work there too, because it's so awesome.
One secret to creating this kind of workplace is allyship. And it's something anyone can do! Check out our recent Chat & Learn with Author of Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, Karen Catlin. She'll help guide you to make your workplace more inclusive!
I've always just accepted that the universal 'woman' sign depicts a 'woman in a dress'... but why?
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I don't need to remind you that unconscious bias is a real thing… but it exists, and you have one whether you mean to or not (ask your colleague to draw a female stick figure - I bet I can guess what they'll draw). If your company doesn't offer training that allows you to check-in on this bias, take it upon yourself to do it on your own and encourage your colleagues to join in.
Stop saying "I'm sorry" at work.
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This is a tough one, but it's something we really push ourselves to do at PowerToFly - cut "I'm Sorry" from your vocabulary. You shouldn't apologize for your passion, emotions or human behavior at work. If you don't understand what's being asked, ask. If something wasn't successful, find out how you can do it better next time. Stop apologizing.
Work-life balance, people!
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There is only so much time in a day, and only so many days in your life. That email that you forgot to send today most likely isn't going to solve world peace, and can absolutely be handled tomorrow. Need a little help putting things into perspective? Watch this Chat with Amy Adams about practicing gratitude - I promise you'll be feeling better in no time.
It's been six years since Sarah Cooper graced us with her 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. But how on earth can we appear smart in our new virtual world, in which for many of us, going to work is just sitting in one long series of probably-not-necessary Zoom meetings?
1. Dial in.<p>Dialing in rather than joining via the link instantly boosts your credibility. Who calls into Zoom meetings? People who are still busy and important enough to be leaving their houses! But you needn't actually be one of those people, or even more than a foot away from your computer to pull off this maneuver. (Remember, this article is called *seeming* smart, not being smart.)</p><p><strong></strong><em>Bonus: </em>If it's a large meeting at which attendance will be taken, the person running the meeting will inevitably ask, "Who's calling in from 443-322-2121?" That's when you raise your metaphorical hand, jump off mute, and say "[Your name] here. Really looking forward to hearing your perspective on [meeting topic]." And voila! You've stolen the meeting spotlight.</p>
2. Don't come on camera—ever.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0ODU5OS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjMwNjI3OX0.4fLyq2CvkZAJ7n_03esZepY37mOdyGdDdTEUYt5XEU0/img.png?width=980" id="bc7e6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fbbf21cc5d8c863b30654ae6993b04f5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><br></p><p>Much like the "dial in," this technique works because it makes you appear aloof. If <em>The Crown has </em>taught me anything, it's that the key to maintaining a sense of mystique and prestige is to keep people at arm's length—and if you absolutely <em>must</em> touch them, wear a glove.</p>
3. Only communicate via chat.<p>Once you've mastered the art of staying off camera, you can level up by communicating exclusively via the chat box. Don't come off mute at all, even if the speaker asks your opinion. You are the elusive chatter and you will not be forced into actually participating in said meeting.</p>
4. Ask to share your screen.<p>Being aloof is great, but it's all about balance. Sprinkling in some active participation will really shock and impress your colleagues if you catch them off guard, so save this technique for when you've strategically <em>not </em>participated in a string of meetings.</p><p>Spend a few minutes prior to the meeting prepping a few inspirational slides with words like "synergy," "optimization," and "redefining 'culture'", or spend a few minutes poking around in Google Analytics. </p><p>Then wait for the opportune moment to say, "Can I just share my screen for a moment? I have some really interesting data I'd like to share...." and BAM — brilliance established.</p>
5. Show off your Zoom-saviness.<p>Try saying, "You know you can mute people, right?" to the host when they beg whoever's got the lawn mower and crying baby in the background to put themselves on mute for the nth time.<br></p>
6. Create an alter ego.<p>This tactic requires commitment, but the pay off is certainly worth it. Join the Zoom meeting from your normal account + name, and then join it again on a second device from an alias. Have your alter-ego ask some probing or stat-based questions in the chat and have the answers ready ahead of time. It should work something like this:</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;"><strong>Your alter ego Charlene</strong><strong>:</strong> "Does anyone know what percentage conversion rates increased by in Q2?"</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;"><strong>Real you</strong>: *doesn't miss a beat* "It looks like Charlene has a question in the chat. That would be 36%."</p><div>Never mind that no one on your team knows who Charlene is or why she's at this meeting, they'll be too blown away by your brilliance to notice. (Bonus points if you use this strategy in conjunction with techniques 1, 2, 3 or 4!)</div>
7. Place an obscure object in your background that exudes intelligence.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0ODYxOC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNzk5Njg2Mn0.V9_-3Ij3v_QndseqlrXRt5Nn39EJ97-itjls5zzYPf8/img.png?width=980" id="a369d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="604a2f04b53c2e3bc801bfa5256f367b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><br></p><p>We're talking a telescope, or perhaps a hardcover copy of <em>War & Peace </em>(no one need know that its only purpose in your life is as a makeshift yoga block).</p><p>If you don't have any suitable props at your disposal, do not despair: download some screenshots of Sheldon's apartment from <em>Big Bang Theory </em>or the chalkboard in <em>Good Will Hunting </em>and use those as a virtual background.</p>
8. Ask "Is this really the best course of action given the current climate?"<p>Economic collapse, COVID, racism… No need to specify whether you're referring to one or all of the above; just sit back and watch your boss squirm amidst the ambiguity.</p><p>This strategy pairs very well with techniques 2 and 3. You can prep additional vague-but-probing questions ahead of time and pepper them into the chat box throughout the meeting:</p><ul><li>How will this scale?</li><li>Do we really have the bandwidth for this right now?</li><li>What's the value-add here?</li></ul>
9. Remind everyone that you have a paid Zoom account.<p>"Oh, it looks like we're getting the 40-minute warning. I have a paid account, do you want to switch to my room?" It's helpful, with just a touch of condescension. Everyone knows condescending people are smart. And everyone knows that people with paid Zoom accounts are super important.</p>
10. Tell everyone you have a hard stop.<p>When pressed for details, share your philosophy on "work-from-home" balance and how committed you are to getting up once an hour to walk to your refrigerator.</p>
11. Ask the screensharer/host to "pull something up" for everyone.<p>Ask the presenter to navigate to a screen that only you know how to navigate well. Laugh maniacally while they suffer from crippling performance anxiety. Let them struggle for as long as is tolerable before saying, "Oh you know what? I can just share my screen if you want. That would probably be easier." BAM you're the hero. Don't worry, no one will even pause to consider that you could have proposed this course of action from the start.</p>
12. Say Zoom fatigue as many times as possible.<p>If you're too tired to employ any of the other strategies, just say "I know everyone is experiencing a lot of Zoom fatigue, so we can keep this meeting short." Then hang up as quickly as possible. Meeting averted! </p><p>After all, there's no better way to demonstrate your intelligence in a virtual meeting than to demonstrate why it wasn't really necessary in the first place. </p>
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