Elect Her Heads to Georgetown!

May 20, 2013

On April 13th, Katie Shorey headed to Georgetown University  to facilitate the final Elect Her training of the season and although the grounds were buzzingGeorgetown image because of accepted students day and exam prep, the participants were excited to get started.  An hour into our session we were joined by a special guest, Katty Kay, co-author of  “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success” with Claire Shipman. Kay and Shipman are in the process of researching and writing their new book about confidence. Kay explained that though they agreed with Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” movement, they wanted to understand how women get to the point where they are confident to lean in. She believes that one of the main reasons women don’t run for political office is the lack of confidence, be it in their expertise, qualifications, or ability to win. There has been a lot of talk lately about how boys and girls are raised differently: males are praised for being more assertive when young, whereas girls are thought to be “bossy” for exhibiting the same behavior and tend to be admired for being more collaborative and team-focused. Kay also shared that she believed women take “failure” more personally, such as being turned down for a raise or not being elected, and attributed this fear of failure to not running.
To hear more about the Georgetown training, click here!

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