This week, I’m positively smitten with…
1. Not Sorry: Pantene released an ad last week that I can relate to all too well. Called “Not Sorry,” it shows the subtle ways in which women — in the workplace especially, but also, just in general — tend to over-apologize. How many times have we uttered things like, “Sorry, I don’t mean to bother you, but…” or “This is probably a silly question, but…”? Pantene challenges women not to be sorry and, instead, to #ShineStrong. At the end of the day, I know this is just an ad, but it’s one I can really relate to.
2. Made With Code: It’s no secret that young girls and women tend to be discouraged from pursuing interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thankfully, in recent years, there have been efforts to change that. Made With Code is the latest, and this program comes straight from Google. Supported by people like Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling, as well as organizations like the MIT Media Lab and Girl Scouts, Made With Code is a program to encourage girls to pursue careers in computer science. Get it, girls!
3. Lucy Li: When I was 11, I think I was spending a lot of time daydreaming about boybands or singing. But 11-year-old Lucy Li was busy playing at the U.S. Women’s Open. Seriously! The golfer is the second youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, but the youngest ever to advance to match play in that event. She had a great attitude about the game, and even ate ice cream during her final interview, because why not?
Photo credit for “Sorry” image to Recoverling.