Thank you Avivah for reminding us of the importance of supporting women in business.
After a weekend in Singapore in between conferences, I feel refreshed and recovered. I am practicing my mahjong skills and delighting in all the fresh sights and sounds and tastes unfamiliar. And yet, when I pick up the paper, I see the same stories around the globe: “Help Professional Women Retrain to Rejoin the Workforce,” “The Smart Way to Do it All,” “Women Leaders Need Support,””More Women with Professional Degrees than Men,” “Weren’t We Supposed to be Beyond This By Now?”… These were headlines for articles in Singapore, Korea and Shanghai, and Europe.
Ladies, rest assured, you are not alone in your struggle and we are doing what we can to bring you together for knowledge sharing as knowledge is power. As Angela Yip, a talented artist and entrepreneur in Chinatown, helped me express my vision, I will do my best to help you express yours by creating the portal to knowledge and each other that will empower you to be the best you can be.
Is it that much of a mystery that smart women wish to be treated as is they have they have more to offer than their charm and looks? I certainly hope not. Recently I have been disappointed by mainstream sites that dumb-down their advertising that is positioned towards women. Have they not read the latest research or listened to the their audience? So why is that when I do a Google search on “smart women” I get pictures of scantily clad teenage girls. Is this smart? BlogHer has a great post on antiquated Paper Towel adverts. I guess it is simply a reaction, and we all need a break from intense thought now and again, purely for entertainment’s sake. But communicate and entertain us with humour that gives cause for thought and action, not disgust or pity.