Week of May 11th: Lasting Impressions

Is it Friday already? This week flew by way too fast. So it goes. We’re creeping up on graduation – and want to send a special congratulations out to intern Lauren Wannermeyer on her graduation from Syracuse University this weekend. We wish you the best of luck in all your post-graduation endeavors!

We’ve been working hard this week on quite a few projects. Join us on Facebook to discuss the changes happening in corporate culture beginning on Monday.

In my new role at The Opportunities Project, I am constantly searching for things that are news-worthy and career related, especially those things that impact women in particular. It’s hard to not take note of all the opinions regularly surfacing in the news regarding how women “should” manifest their lives.

There’s also been a lot going on in the political world this week, and there seems to be the expected explosion of differing opinions and all things related with various topics – so let’s get right to this week’s Lasting Impressions:

1.) We couldn’t help but notice Time’s magazine cover of the breastfeeding mother for “Are You Mom Enough?” The LA Times just called this print article “A shocking stroke of genius.”

Yes, things seem to be moving completely digital, but this story proved print is still relevant and actually has more impact  than any website’s new landing page.

This isn’t a new story.

This is an old story, uncovered, and has created a lot of heat.

Have you voiced your opinion on the topic of breastfeeding yet this week? What do you think of this attempt by the LA Times to recover people’s response to the impact of print? Do you think the response would be the same if the story wasn’t in print?

2.) This one may have slipped your radar. Warning: language NSFW. Actresses Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage recorded a hilarious video in response to the common Republican stance on monitoring women’s rights when it comes to birth control, abortion, and a few other things. This was by far the funniest thing I watched all week, and was a great balance to the rather serious overtones of political conversation since Obama announced “…same-sex couples should be able to get married”  and whether he went too far… or simply not far enough.

I’m just going to go ahead and declare “should” as the word of the week.

3.) Last but certainly not least, I’m sure you’ve heard of the passing of author Maurice Sendak. Who didn’t grow up on the book “Where the Wild Things Are”? While his face may not be all that familiar, his works most certainly are.

Can you believe this book was first published in 1963? Just this January, I went to a 1st birthday party for a friend’s son that was completely themed on this book. I guess some things, like dreams, become timeless. Minus a few technological details, of course, but the premise and drivers seem to remain the same.

His books seemed more fantastical to me than scary as a child. What’s your history with Sendak’s books?

Don’t forget: Sunday is Mother’s Day, so be extra nice to all the Mom’s in your world this weekend!