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October 2018 Empower

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October 2018
GWIS Empower is a members-only periodical which seeks to
provide career and leadership advice for women in science.
This month, we encourage you to sign up for this month's Virtual Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Cory Wong, an Assistant Professor in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. She will be discussing with participants how to cultivate self-confidence. GWIS addresses the recent Supreme Court nomination challenge by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford with resources for our members. And don't forget to read the linked article by our partner, Fairygodboss! It provides simple guidelines for enhancing self-discipline.
Sign Up for Virtual Coffee & Conversation

Join us for the October 2018 GWIS Virtual Coffee & Conversation! We will talk with Dr. Cori Wong about how to cultivate infallible self-confidence. Dr. Wong was a featured speaker at a workshop hosted last year by the Northern Colorado Chapter of GWIS where she talked about deconstruction of the "Lies of the Best" and learning how you can cultivate infallible self-confidence. Here is a quick video where Cori introduces the idea of Honest Confidence:
Dr. Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and a Special Assistant to the President of Colorado State University and Director of the Women and Gender Collaborative.

Spaces are limited and will fill quickly! Register ASAP to save your spot.
Register here
GWIS Empowers

Twenty-seven years after a U.S Supreme Court justice was installed in spite of accusations of sexual harrassment, another justice has ascended despite a credible allegation of sexual assault. Although not all perpetrators may face justice, the #MeToo movement has risen awareness and is committed to effect change. Change has also been developing within the scientific community. A landmark study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released in June found that sexual harassment is pervasive throughout academic science in the U.S. and recommends that research organizations should treat sexual harassment at least as seriously as research misconduct.

GWIS salutes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all the other brave women who have come forward to put an end to sexual harrassment and assault. As Maya Angelou wrote "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." Below is a list of resources for our members with regards to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and events surrounding the Kavanaugh hearings.

After One Year Of Headlines, #MeToo Is Everywhere  NPR Reports on the evolution of the #MeToo movement over the past year.
Keeping Women Safe Is a Radical Act.  Dr. Sarah E Myhre advocates for the #MeTooSTEM movement in this Scientific American article.  Movement to end sexual harrassment
WomensMarch Movement to advocate for women through political action.

Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors
#MeToo Resources Extensive list of resources National sexual assault hotline.
Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit  AAUW-provided resources.

How to Talk to the Women in Your Life Right Now. GQ Primer for allies.
How to Protect Yourself from False Rape Allegations  Humor for men experiencing dangerous times.
Guttmacher Institute  Research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally
Seven Simple Habits That Will ACTUALLY Improve Your Self-Discipline

GWIS is partnering with Fairygodboss to bring you more career content! The full article is linked below.

Becoming a master of self-discipline is difficult. I mean, even becoming a self-discipline apprentice is be hard. When it comes to certain aspects of your life, it can sometimes seem as though you have no control. But really, you do. You just don't know it yet.

Learning how to build self-discipline skills can allow you to cease bad habits, accomplish long-term and short-term goals, and change your life completely.

We’ve outlined seven steps to build your self-discipline and work toward the better life you deserve. Well... if you work for it.

1. Count down, then take action.
When you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, count down from ten, then force yourself to do whatever it is you're doing. Sometimes all we need is a little push to take that next step.

2. Write down your goals somewhere you can see them everyday.
Writing a goal down makes it all the more real. Hang it up somewhere you will see it often and inspire yourself — at your work desk, in your bedroom, in your car, etc. Write the goal in your yearly planner. Put it on your kitchen calendar. You can also set actual calendar reminders in your phone to go off once a week or so. But be nice to yourself. Don’t scare or shame yourself into your goals; rather, be happy, positive, and encouraging. Add motivational quotes from people you admire.


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