Author: Chairman Mom (page 1 of 11)

The Cost of White Feminism

I have little to say about the worst kept secret on earth: That decades of campaigning, of twisted rhetoric, of bigotry, of weaponizing religion, of riling up the worst aspects of our society, of an open playbook of minority rule enabled in part by the Electoral College and also by intentional voter suppression means that women no longer have rights to their own bodies. 

I’ve had little to say since the decision leaked. Because if you are shocked and upset now, I don’t know where you’ve been. This was the explicit promise; the almost literal deal with the devil that evangelicals have made. To get this.  Read more...

Woman Crush Wednesday: Vicky Tsai

Newsletter editor Rachel here.
 
Have you ever thought about quitting your job, traveling around the world, and then starting your own million-dollar company?
 
I know I have. Maybe a little too often. 
 
That’s why I can’t get over Vicky Tsai and her story. After quitting her job on Wall Street, Vicky went rogue on a quest to discover natural skin care products that would heal her acute dermatitis. She gave up the dream she had originally planned for herself to discover what she was passionate about.
 
After a life-changing encounter with a geisha, she wanted to bring her healing experience back to the U.S. So she launched her skincare company, Tatcha. Even though her company spent years on the brink of bankruptcy (forcing her to sell her possessions including her engagement ring!)– she persisted because she believed it was her life’s calling. 
 
She says that for her, Tatcha is a blend of her passion and what she is good at–an idea captured by the Japanese concept of ikigai. Put simply, ikigai refers to a person’s reason for being alive, and it is found at the intersection of what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what the world has a need for.
 
In other words: your talent + your passion + the world’s needs = ikigai
 
She saw a need and then built an empire on nothing but belief and passion. Her grit eventually opened doors for her to do more than she ever thought possible. 
 
In the years following her success she has been able to partner with Room to Read, a nonprofit organization focused on female education and empowerment. In 2014 Tatcha launched the Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures fund to encourage girls to stay in school through the Girl’s Education Program in Asia and Africa. Vicky has also worked to lift up the voices of other AAPI women in a predominantly white and male-dominated field.
 
If you are looking for more info on her, check out Behind Her Empire’s hour-long podcast that takes a deep dive into her journey.
 
There are a lot of reasons to be impressed by Vicky. She is bold, compassionate, and outspoken, and even in her wild success has found a way to stay focussed on what matters.
 
But the thing that stands out to me most is how she went out searching for her purpose, found it, and then clung to it like a liferaft in a storm. She is a relentless force for good. We need more relentless women. I hope to be one of them.
Rachel  Read more...

Time to celebrate and recommit

A note from Adimika Arthur…

Yesterday was Father’s Day in the United States but it also coincided with Juneteenth, a holiday that was little known to many people until a few years ago but one that I have celebrated my entire life.


My childhood summers were shaped by Juneteenth as the first celebration of the season before the street fairs and fireworks, the quintessential community barbeque that was before the summer solstice.

It was often called “freedom celebration” or marked by the “jubilee” service at church. The food defined the celebration. I have vivid memories of cakes and pies filled with first seasonal fruits of cherries and apples, juicy cobblers filled with stone fruit and hoppin’ john and maque choux made with the early ears of corn. I always heard of this celebration of this special day as a movement, one that “we” have been celebrating since “back when”. Read more...

This is why I had two kids

We’ve always taken anonymity and privacy very seriously on Chairman Mom. Our anonymous feature, in particular, was designed to be so strong that even we don’t know who you are when you select it.

The only downside to such strong anonymity is it limits the functionality we can bring you. We can’t—for instance—send you @-notifications or alerts when someone has answered your question because…we don’t know who you are. It also means you can’t edit an anonymous question when it’s posted. Read more...

The aptly named Jeff Flake and the cool girls of the Senate strike again.

I’m so F****** angry about this Kavanaugh situation. Overwhelming polls show that the public doesn’t support him. More than a thousand law professors say he’s unfit. Overwhelmingly more people in this country believe Christine Blasey Ford and not Brett Kavanaugh.

And yet.

Looks like the aptly named Jeff Flake is flaking and the cool girls of the Senate are getting back in party line. Michele Dauber, the force who lead the fight to recall Aaron Perksy, said this at our retreat last week: This investigation was just theatre, the vote would still be the same. Read more...

“You get $100! And you get $100!”

I am not going to bury this insanely great deal: Sallie Krawcheck is giving everyone $100 free to start investing in yourself. Go here to take advantage of it! DO IT RIGHT NOW!

You don’t have to have attended the retreat, you don’t have to be a paying Chairman Mom subscriber, you can just be a Mama Bear newsletter lurker, or a friend of a Mama Bear newsletter lurker. Sallie and I both want as many women as possible to start investing in their future right now.

Because money is power.

Michele Dauber—go here to check out her PAC that helps make violence against women a voting issue—would agree. The more money we have, the more we can give to candidates. And then women’s issues finally become the political issues that matter. Read more...

Bo-she-mian Grove

“When I signed up for this, I had no idea what I was really getting into…”

I must have heard that as a preface to a comment or question at least 30 times during our first-ever all-woman retreat last week, The Chairman Mom Flee.

That 100 women came to a place in the middle of nowhere for four days without having any idea what they were getting into still astounds me, and I think it speaks to two things. The first is how much trust we’ve already built in the young Chairman Mom community. But more to the point, it speaks to how hungry women are for a strong, enduring, powerful sisterhood. Read more...

I’m tired. You probably are, too.

Newsletter editor Lily here.

I had a couple of ideas for what I wanted to write about today while Sarah and a crew of badass women are out at Pulga enjoying the Chairman Mom Flee. But when I sat down to write this morning, I felt pretty flattened.

To put it simply, like many women in this country, and for a variety of reasons, I’m tired. So, so tired. I’m also angry. And sad. It’s one of those days where I’m not sure what to say, because there’s too much to process. And unfortunately, on top of a mountain of work I need to get done because of my lack of productivity this week, it looks like our government isn’t going to let us sit still this weekend, either.

So instead, I’m taking the advice everyone seems to give nowadays: I’m going to take a few moments for myself. I just got cleared to work out at 100% post-summer illness, so I’m going to enjoy a nice gym session tonight and tomorrow morning. I’m grabbing coffee and meals with friends. I’m going to do my work in one of my favorite nearby cafes, which has really good pastries. I’m going to eat 27 of said pastries. And I’m going to sleep a lot, because we could all use more sleep and I just got a cloud-like memory foam mattress.

This week has been sh*tty, to put it incredibly mildly. But I hope all of you take some time for yourselves, too. You deserve it.

Onto questions: Read more...

Changing the pattern…one IPO at at time

I’m deep in the woods with 100 other badasses at the Chairman Mom Flee this week, which means I’m having to follow the Ford and Kavanaugh testimonies through an elaborate game of telephone.  I promise I’ll have plenty to say about both next week. And of course plenty of you are already discussing them on Chairman Mom, including inone of today’s questions.

In the meantime…

I have argued up and down this country, in every book appearance, media appearance and keynote that Silicon Valley does not care about data: It cares about patterns. If we want to change the face of who gets to build companies here, we need to change patterns. And that happens one outsized victory at a time. Read more...

Is this the best week or worst week to be offline?

Is it comparatively quiet around Chairman Mom this week? That’s likely because 100 of us (including most of our staff!) is in a gold mining town, without access to phones or the Internet.

It’s crazy that the #metoo battle with arguably the largest national stakes is playing out LIVE as all of us are sequestered from the Internet, news, and social media.

I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing?

The last time I’ve devoured as much minute-to-minute news on a political story, it was the fight to save healthcare. After that I felt so drained from everything 2016 and on that I had to take Twitter off my phone, stop watching cable news, and put myself on a major outrage diet. I still haven’t reactivated Twitter, but this Kavanaugh scandal has kept me obsessively refreshing Feedly for the latest hot take. Read more...