The October GovFem Reading List

To write GovFem articles, we scour the internet daily for the best articles and op-eds about women working in the public sector. While many of those articles end up in our GovFem posts, we unfortunately can’t cover them all in a weekly series. That’s why we created the GovFem Reading List, which highlights the top posts from around the web each month.

Let’s be honest. Even disregarding the Halloween madness of October, this month has been a little scary for women. Disparaging remarks against women have made headlines and really bummed me out. Plus, it looks like women might be taking a hit in some areas where we thought they were advancing (see this article and this one). So this month, I’m focusing the reading list on positive news for women. I could use a little pick-me-up and I’m sure you could, too.

Here are the top five articles (positive) worth reading from this past month:

    1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice for Living Think it’s hard being a woman in government? You’re not alone. The Notorious RBG agrees, but she also has some great advice for making it to the top. Read her uplifting advice to help you succeed whether you work in gov or the private sector.
    2. Early Voting Shows Upsurge of Women  Whether you’re #WithHer or #TeamTrump, this is good news. More women are going to the polls, not just to vote for the next POTUS but also to fill a number of vacant seats on the state and federal level of government. That’s a good sign for 2017.
    3. How Companies Are Different When More Women Are in Power You always hear that having successful women in senior positions is positive for other women because they act as role models. That’s true, but that’s not the only benefit. This article explains how female leaders can make tangible and tactical improvements for other female associates within their organization.
    4. More Women at the Top, Higher Returns Need another reason to promote more women to senior leadership positions? Turns out, companies with more women on their board of directors are likely to see better financial performance. In a time when agencies are struggling to make due with minimal resources, better financial outcomes are nothing to shirk. This article (and this one) explains how female leaders can help.
    5. 100 Women in Tech to Follow Ok, admittedly this list starts out a little negative by discussing how some major news outlets posted male-dominated lists of people to follow. But then, this article highlights 100 women who are making big strides in their fields and leading others. Definitely take a look through the list for a little inspiration.

And in case you missed them, check out this month’s other GovFem posts:


Every month, GovFem compiles a list of the top articles about women in government from around the web. If you have an article you think should be included in next month’s reading list, email [email protected] with your suggestions.

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