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  • Overcoming low self esteem: “Where was my self respect”

    Overcoming low self esteem: “Where was my self respect”

    Our self-esteem or positive self concept, and how well and deeply we value ourselves, impacts how fully we can live and realize our talents. Meredith Vieira “Just as she started to experience success in front of the camera [in the 1970s], Meredith Vieira found herself embroiled in an abusive relationship,” a magazine article revealed. “My […]

  • Charlize Theron - "She was running the show and I want to be like that"

    Charlize Theron – “She was running the show and I want to be like that”

    Charlize Theron admires her mother as a role model, and a woman with strong individuality. “It was the greatest thing she has given me. I don’t think she knows that. I don’t even think she set out to teach me that. “That’s just how she lived her life and what she encouraged me to do. […]

  • Lady Gaga: “I don’t see myself as ever being like anybody else.”

    Lady Gaga: “I don’t see myself as ever being like anybody else.”

    At age 17, Lady Gaga achieved early admission to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her music videos show her love of costume artifice and theatricality – and play. She admires photographer Cindy Sherman, another artist who intrigues me for creating so many personas as a performance artist. See Cindy Sherman books Lady […]

  • Healing and Creativity: SARK and Others

    Healing and Creativity: SARK and Others

    SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is the bestselling author and artist of fifteen books, including Succulent Wild Woman, Bodacious Book of Succulence, Eat Mangoes Naked, and other titles. She is an acclaimed speaker and teacher, and CEO and founder of Planet SARK, a business that promotes empowered living, and her writings and artwork. One of […]

  • Idina Menzel on embracing your uniqueness

    Idina Menzel on embracing your uniqueness

    Actor and singer Idina Menzel commented in an interview about what her character Elphaba in “Wicked” meant to her, especially in terms of the courage to be yourself. “When you’re an artist usually you have to take risks and usually you have to put yourself on the line and go against the grain in order […]

  • Sofia Coppola on enhancing creativity

    Sofia Coppola on enhancing creativity

    About one of the topics of her movie “Marie Antoinette,” director Sofia Coppola once commented, “You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.” One way many talented people can be self-critical is to judge their wide-ranging serial interests as […]

Amelia Earhart: "I do it because I want to."

Amelia Earhart: “I do it because I want to.”

“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off! But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.” Amelia Earhart She also commented, “Flying may not be all plain sailing, but […]

Healing and art: Exene Cervenka: "Something really bad is a blessing and a curse"

Healing and art: Exene Cervenka: “Something really bad is a blessing and a curse”

“Exene Cervenka has transitioned successfully through a variety of career phases, starting with her stint in X, the band that perhaps best embodied the character of L.A.’s punk subculture of the early ’80s. “She moved on to the rootsy folk-country side project the Knitters with other members of X and the Blasters, then launched a […]

Courteney Cox on sensitivity, and needing to be acknowledged

Courteney Cox on sensitivity, and needing to be acknowledged

“I have, like, hyper-awareness. It’s like a disease. I can’t help it. I notice everything.” [From Courteney in Control, By Hilary De Vries, marieclaire.com August 2006; photo by James White] A newer profile article says “Cox, who considers herself always to have been sensitive, has grown even more so since having a kid [5-year-old daughter, […]

Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor and the impostor syndrome

Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor and the impostor syndrome

Video and transcript from The Rachel Maddow Show June 4 2009 – MADDOW:  If choosing a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton graduate with the J.D. from Yale, and 11 years experience on the second circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals—where only three of her hundreds of opinions have been overturned by the […]

Creativity and women: the documentary Who Does She Think She Is?

Creativity and women: the documentary Who Does She Think She Is?

From review by Pauline on CHICKS ROCK! : “This documentary film follows the trials and tribulations of five women artists, and how they maintain the shaky balance between motherhood and art in their lives. It is the kind of movie everyone should see, but may not be able to because of limited media coverage. “Who […]

Artistic confidence - Doris Day: insecure about her looks and talents

Artistic confidence – Doris Day: insecure about her looks and talents

Not like the movies A new biography looks into the shadows and ‘Untold Story’ of Doris Day On screen, she was America’s smiling, singing darling. But off screen, her husbands weren’t Rock Hudson and her life was no light romp. A former singer with Les Brown’s band in the 1940s. Day was always portrayed as […]

Heather Thomas on trophy wives and feminizing influences on politics and the internet

Heather Thomas on trophy wives and feminizing influences on politics and the internet

Heather Thomas based her new novel “Trophies” on Hollywood trophy wives – who, she says “get a bad rap, and there’s a lot of misconceptions about them. But really, there isn’t a hospital wing or a library in this city that wasn’t the result of some trophy wife’s efforts.” Here is an excerpt from the […]

Self-esteem and maturity: Jamie Lee Curtis on growing older and liking it

Self-esteem and maturity: Jamie Lee Curtis on growing older and liking it

Stronger, smarter, less crazy Jamie Lee Curtis says she embraces getting older: “I actually think there’s an incredible amount of self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I did when I was 20. I’m stronger, I’m smarter in every way, I’m so much less crazy than I was then. “Years […]

Motivating genius and talent: Ann Curry on Perseverance

Motivating genius and talent: Ann Curry on Perseverance

Never give up News journalist Ann Curry [Today show etc] was born in Guam to a Japanese mother and a father of predominantly French and Scots-Irish descent from Colorado. [Wikipedia profile.] She has talked about how her multi-ethnic background was at times in her life painful, but has also helped fuel her ambition to achieve, […]

Jenny McCarthy on motherhood and guilt

Jenny McCarthy on motherhood and guilt

Jenny McCarthy was a guest on the Oprah and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth Online Class. She spoke about her complex emotional reactions in raising her autistic son Evan. Making the connection Jenny: You know, I read this book [A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle] when it first came out and that was one of […]

Women and Ambition and Power - It's Complicated

Women and Ambition and Power – It’s Complicated

Anne Boleyn “She was a woman of charm, style and wit, and will and savagery.” That is a description of Anne Boleyn (second wife of Henry VIII) by Susan Brigden, author of New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors, 1485-1603. Natalie Portman portrays Anne in The Other Boleyn Girl [right], and says she […]

Empowering yourself: Feminist Majority Foundation video

Empowering yourself: Feminist Majority Foundation video

Feminist Majority Foundation video: This is What a Feminist Looks Like! Related perspective: Elizabeth Wurtzel on feminism “Feminism, which was meant to be fun, has lately started to seem so sour… But it cannot be the case that we went through all that bra-burning and consciousness-raising to be left choosing between, yet again, the madonna […]

Empowering yourself: Outspoken and authentic

Empowering yourself: Outspoken and authentic

“The human soul has need of security and also of risk. The boredom produced by a complete absence of risk is also a sickness of the soul.” – Simone Weil One way we can stay vital and authentic is by saying what we really think, even when that may be a risk. Actor Rachel McAdams […]

Artistic confidence: Anne Geddes on believing in herself despite her childhood

Artistic confidence: Anne Geddes on believing in herself despite her childhood

My childhood was not ideal Photographer Anne Geddes writes in her new book, Labor of Love: An Autobiography, about her childhood on a cattle farm in Australia, with an “emotionally remote mother and a father who regularly demeaned his children.” She “grew up with no sense of self-worth,” according to the interview article Anne Geddes’ […]

Fighting patriarchy in film: Diablo Cody and strong female characters

Mixed messages One of the pleasures of many films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s was the dynamic presence and performance of women such as Myrna Loy (Nora Charles in The Thin Man series, etc). Jeanine Basinger, a professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, describes the impacts of these films in her book How […]

Women and ambition: Learning self-limiting attitudes about achievement

The photo shows students who constituted half of science and technology university Caltech’s all-female chemical engineering class of 2005 [from the page Science.] More women pursuing science and tech careers In my earlier article Women enjoying science and technology, there is a reference to the fact that Caltech [in Pasadena, CA], is enrolling a record […]

Gifted women in science: Danica McKellar on being girly and tech savvy

Tavis Smiley: Danica McKellar has enjoyed a successful career in television, first on the “Wonder Years.. and more recently on the “West Wing.” Along with acting, one of her other great passions is math. She is actually a renowned mathematician who has a physics theorem named after her. How concerned are you about the future […]

Enjoying being gifted women in science and technology

Caltech’s women students At Caltech [in Pasadena, CA], a record number of women have enrolled this fall… 87 women are entering a freshman class of 206 students in September. That 37% share is Caltech’s highest since it began admitting undergraduate women in 1970, when pioneering females comprised 14% of the entering class. [Photo no longer […]