What I’m watching: The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. At times hard to watch but impossible to ignore, this series is based off of a novel by Margaret Atwood. It’s set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. (This description is straight from Rotten Tomatoes) 🙂
What I’m listening to: Justin Timberlake’s new album, Man of the Woods
What I’m reading: Refinery29’s The Silent Rise Of The Female-Driven Economy. If you don’t have a chance to read the whole thing, here’s a few key wowzers:
- Out of 1,500 S&P CEOs, there are fewer female CEOs than there are CEOs named John.
- Women are the single largest productive economic force and drive almost every economic indicator for businesses. But that’s not the impression we get when we read economic data or view advertising.
- According to some estimates, women control 85% of consumer spending in the U.S. Why? Because your average woman makes purchases for herself, her husband or partner, her children and also her elderly parents.
- Women are paid 25–40% less than men globally, and that your average woman does an estimated 4.5 hours of unpaid work daily (22.5 hours per week).
The implications for women are profound, from a career, innovation, and business leadership perspective. In this new era, every woman, by virtue of her lived experience, is now a walking hub of multi-million dollar business ideas. For the last 50 years, women have been asked to reject or mask their femininity in the workplace. In the female-driven economy, insight from lived experiences — from menstruation to motherhood — can become lucrative business ideas.