Amidst the routine chaos of an American’s typical workday, between coffee breaks and after lunch, employees are assured that should problems arise, those in the human resources department are willing and eager to create a safe environment. And yet, there is a sobering truth that many workers inherently know; HR may not really be your friend.
Community Feature: An Interview With Evette Vargas About Women in the Film Business
I spoke to Evette recently over zoom, and it was both illuminating and inspiring. I learned a lot about what it takes to break into a creative industry, the specific challenges women face within the film world, and the importance of mentorship not just to collaboration but to an education that extends beyond how to do a job but how to exist within an industry and cultivate one's worth within that industry despite all odds.
Naomi Osaka and Changing the Discourse Around Mental Health
In this blog I make the connection between mental health in the sports world and the advocacy and struggles of athletes like Naomi Osaka to change the discourse around mental health in their prospective field to the professional world at large. The goal is to show how there is a distinct issue concerning women in the work place being able to reach out for help within their professions and set boundaries in a healthy and productive manner.
Most of us know what abuse can look like in the workplace. Some may even know its effects. But few recognize that there are a series of complex, deeply manipulative, and extremely subtle behaviors that often precede and prepare the road to abuse. These behaviors are best known as grooming.
Here at GrasshoppHer we often find it difficult to take the time to advocate for ourselves. Whatever the roadblock, it is important to find time to prioritize yourself for the sake of your career development and mental health. If you do not honor you, who will?
Sexual and Racial Discrimination in Professional Sports
Female athletes and athletes of color have long endured inequalities in pay, game time, media coverage, and sponsorships. Female athletes and sports teams have been gaining well- deserved attention and recognition in past years, but how do we go about addressing the barriers that remain?
There is something immensely wrong with the way America’s workspaces operate, and they are desperately in need of change. But how can we combat multiple issues at the same time, like employee disengagement and workplace inequality? The answer? Workplace democracy.
Whether you are using your side hustle to make some extra money to put in the bank, make ends meet, or put more money towards debt, a side hustle can be helpful to make money or fulfill a passion you can not fulfill with your full-time job.
The hardest aspects of life to figure out are finding what fulfills our purpose in the world, but also makes us feel satisfied. Confusing right? On top of that, the world pressures us to make these kinds of decisions before we are 20-years-old, before we even know who we are and what values we hold. So, here are some tips to searching for purpose while also attaining fulfillment!
In this blog post, we will review the troubling aspects of so-called "professionalism" policies and standards, and how they police the expression of women, people of color, and gender non-conforming persons.
The stigma that continues to surround mental illness may leave many feeling different or less than others. In reality, mental illnesses are not only all too common, but there is an evident increase in the amount of people who will be diagnosed in this lifetime.
Your brand is the you that you show the world. However, there is a different “you” you show the world given the situation. You are usually casual with family and friends and professional with coworkers and recruiters. Here are some tips on how to build your brand that fits all of these groups.
Deep Dive into Hobbies: Interview with Megha Sengupta
For our April Campus Club Newsletter, GrasshopphHer sat down with Megha Sengupta, a UT Austin student, to discuss her work on The Clovis. Designed to be used in emergency situations (particularly sexual assault), the Clovis is a discreet safety device. It is worn as a pair of earrings (with a magnetic set for those with unpierced ears), partners with an app on your phone, and can be triggered by touch. The project has not only provided Megha with career experience, but a plan for her future.
Working or studying from home has never been more common nor more stressful. Although we are glued to screens and stuck at home, we are somehow expected to function as usual in a world far from normal. As we struggle with deadlines, restlessness, or anxiety, it is crucial to take a step back.
Where do we need to be? Women should be able to walk to their cars without fearing for their lives, should not have to spend more on their products, should not have change the way they look to not be discriminated against, and should be taken seriously when discussing sexual violence.
Personal Branding Tips and Tricks with Social Media Guru Jennifer Heal
Personal Branding can be a bit of an intimidating topic to discuss. Fortunately, we were able to sit down with Jennifer Heal, a social media guru, who provided us with some tips and tricks on how to ensure you're showing your followers (and potential employers!) the ideals you want to represent yourself with.
It is officially Women’s History Month and soon-to-be International Women's Day. We are here to celebrate the ‘Her’ in GrasshoppHer. If you are a woman, make sure to give yourself some well-deserved ‘you’ time. If you are not a woman, please give the women in your life extra love this month, especially on March 8th!
On February 18th, 2021, the fifth Mars rover landed on Mars. The rover, Perseverance, is tasked with the job of seeking signs of ancient life and collecting samples of rock and soil for a possible return to Earth. The historic landing of Perseverance is accompanied by several amazing women on the Perseverance NASA team we want to highlight.
While women fill almost half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs (according to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey). We’re going to take a close look at the statistics of women in STEM, black women who currently push the STEM fields forward for all women, and women who, in the past, have paved the starting ground for their success.
I often get overwhelmed by what society expects of us and find it difficult to prioritize my resolutions. Society expects us to be productive nearly all the time while staying up to date on current events, eating healthy, exercising for an hour every day, and looking flawless while doing it. In such a fast-paced world with so many expectations, it can be hard to prioritize yourself. When taking on a new resolution, responsibility, or task, I ask myself these questions.
We look to every new year as an opportunity to start fresh and change our behaviors. If you don’t start immediately on New Year’s Day, it can feel like you’re behind or that you might as well wait for next year. In reality, you can have your new beginning whenever you want, and there is a simple way to get in the right mindset to do so.
Building up your emotional repertoire with the knowledge that you entered new situations with courage and excitement is just like building a resume—it gives you the emotional credentials to tackle new challenges and new beginnings.
When you first think about the body positivity movement, you probably think about the social media accounts that promote self-love and body acceptance. While this is the modern idea of the body positivity movement, there is a long history behind it and many reasons why it came into existence. When challenging sexiest, racist, or ableist ideas, we must also challenge fatphobic ideas.
Year-End Self-Reflection Questions to Ask Yourself
As the end of 2020 quickly approaches, finals get wrapped up, and the holidays sit on the horizon, year-end is the perfect time to stop and reflect on what's behind us. An end-of-year reflection supports a healthy self-care practice by allowing you to become more self-aware and interact with your thoughts. This year has undoubtedly been one many of us will never forget, and it's essential to take with us the lessons we've learned as we move forward and look ahead.
We are so excited to see what 2021 will bring! For GrasshoppHer, for America, for the world, and most importantly, for women. But, we still have one more month left. One more month of virtual classes, virtual work meetings, virtual happy hours, and virtually seeing our families for the holidays. With everything going on, we want to emphasize the importance of self-care and preventing burnout as we move to the end of the year. Here are some important beginning steps to preventing burnout.
In the world of virtual networking, it can be hard to show new connections who you truly are. Companies use programs like LinkedIn and Handshake to connect and let you know about the events they have coming up. Here are a few tips on how to build your LinkedIn profile to gain connections and build your network!
In previous blog posts, we have discussed how you do not have to start your own company to be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur simply means that you are able to see a need and you do something to fulfill it. When you do this within a company, you are called an intrapreneur.
With the upcoming election, many people are concerned about the threat of COVID-19 at the polls as many states are not mandating masks at the polls or are not mandating masks in public at all. A potential solution is filling out an absentee ballot If you meet the qualifications. However, if the instructions are not followed very closely, your vote may not be counted. Here are some key things to focus on.
2020 presented a lot of challenges for everyone, and everyone here at GrasshoppHer is proud of you for getting here. Even with everything the year has thrown at us, October is significant this year. With deadlines to register to vote coming up in the next few days, and early voting starting over the next few weeks, we have a civic duty to uphold.
Entrepreneurship is close to the hearts of the team members at GrasshoppHer. The team members are all working towards building GrasshoppHer along with individual initiatives outside of GrasshoppHer. We want to share what we have learned in our experiences with entrepreneurship, specifically women entrepreneurship.
At GrasshoppHer, we understand that it is not easy to be a woman. The media places so many standards and opinions on us, and social media makes it easier for people to share their unsolicited opinions.
There are many self-care definitions, seen as both a way to relax after a tough week or indulge in the luxurious pleasures of life. But what if I told you those are not the original goals of self-care?
Wellness is a holistic combination of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It is fueling the body, engaging the mind, and nurturing the soul. It helps you to be the best version of yourself that your circumstances allow, meaning wellness is inherently open to everyone. It encompasses 8 mutually interdependent dimensions: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, and environmental
Anyone can be an entrepreneur! Yes, that includes you! Entrepreneurship is not limited to starting a business. It can be creating something of your own. On our Tuesday blog post, we will talk about how you can be an entrepreneur within a business you work for. Today, we are focusing on how to get into an entrepreneurial mindset and become an entrepreneur in your day-to-day life.
Political Entrepreneurship – What is it & How Can You be Involved?
Were you checking the news every 10 minutes last week? There is nothing to be ashamed of. The whole country was. With the election coming to an end, the world still does not know where we are headed next. People want to see changes, but we do not know when we will see them. How will we be able to make these changes? Political entrepreneurship.
It is hard to start a company. It takes an entrepreneurial mindset, countless hours, and determination to get a company off the ground. But, entrepreneurship allows you to follow your own footsteps and write your own destiny. We are talking about this because for the month of November, we are focusing on women in entrepreneurship. We want to give you the knowledge and the resources to design your own futures.
GrasshoppHer held its closing webinar for its ideathon titled “The Future of Your Workplace” on October 7, 2020. Our team provided insight on how corporate America is thinking about equality in the workplace and your place in it. We’ve provided a digest on some of the key takeaways from the webinar.
Kimo Williams, an associate professor in the music department at Columbia College Chicago, wrote a hopeful analysis in 2009 on what it is like to be a woman entrepreneur in the music industry. Through this analysis, he was hoping to encourage an appreciation of entrepreneurship as a road to success in the music industry.
Over the course of the week of October 5th, 2020, The Nobel Prize committee announced the winners for the various categories of Nobel Prizes. There are multiple women who won prizes, and we would like to highlight them.