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Superhero Series: What It Means to Cover or Pass at Work

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Superhero Series by Rachel Murray

In part two of our Superhero Series, let’s examine the concepts of covering and passing. These two concepts come into play frequently in the land of superheroes, but have particularly important meaning when it comes to certain superhero stories. X-Men is probably best known for exploring these complexities. X-Men (the recent movie versions) is about many things, but one key …

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Rethinking Thanksgiving

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Resources by Rachel Murray

While for many people Thanksgiving is simply a time of food, family, and friends, we think it’s important to remember the true story of Thanksgiving. While many of us think about this day as a way to commemorate a positive relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the 1600s, the reality is significantly different. We’ve put together a few …

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Women in the Workplace 2018 Report – there’s a lot of work to do

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

For the last four years, McKinsey and Lean In have published in-depth reports on the state of women in the workplace. Their 2018 report, released this October, was clear – the needle has barely moved since they started conducting surveys with thousands of employees at hundreds of companies, despite significantly more attention being placed on issues of gender in the …

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Superhero Series: How Privilege Shows Up at Work

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Superhero Series by Rachel Murray

I’m just going to admit this right up front. I watch a lot of movies and TV shows that involve superheroes – yes, that includes all the Avengers movies, X-Men, The Flash, and, most recently Supergirl. Last week was the season premiere of Supergirl. They aren’t shy about diving into issues around race, sexuality, and gender… but this last episode …

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Why We Added a Plus to Our Name

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

When we first launched She+ Geeks Out in the spring of 2015, we were very squarely focused on supporting women in tech and tech-adjacent roles, in creating a community and a sense of belonging for those who wanted to be a part of a network of passionate, funny, smart, women who could be themselves, free from judgment, and able to …

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How to Support your Pregnant Colleague

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, outlawing discrimination based on pregnancy and childbirth-related medical conditions, and 30 years later, the Americans with Disabilities Act was updated, requiring employers to provide accommodations to pregnant women with certain conditions that could qualify as disabilities. Yay, right? Unfortunately, despite attempts to put laws into place to remove discrimination, between 2010 and …

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Affirmative Action and Quotas in the Workplace

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

When thinking of implementing quotas in the workplace in order to help with imbalances in race, gender, and ability, many of us might scrunch our brains trying to think if this is fair or not. Is this reverse discrimination? How will it ‘sit’ with employees? With people outside of our company who are judging us? Where are we right now …

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What is Impostor Syndrome– and How do You Fight It?

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Caroline Smith

The experience of feeling like you don’t deserve your success resonates with many successful people, including probably many reading this. It’s the relatable, but irrational, sinking suspicion of “I don’t belong here” or “I don’t deserve this” after receiving a promotion or some other accomplishment. This feeling is called impostor syndrome, and it describes exactly that: feeling as though you’re …

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The Power of Micro-Affirmations and Micro-Advantages

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

Recently, we dove into the topic of microaggressions at work in a guest blog on the CultureAmp website. While it’s critically important to understand what microaggressions are, how they impact marginalized people, and best ways we can respond, we thought we would take some time to explore the flipside of this– the micro-affirmation and the micro-advantage. In 1973, Mary Rowe …