by Yvonne DiVita, Visit me on Facebook
Women on women refers to women talking about women. Not... what you might have thought. Well, if you're of that other gender (male) it's what you might have thought. Notice I said, "Might"... trying not to stereotype.
Women are often our own worst enemies. We criticize each other too much (honestly, were some women really complaining about Gabby's hair - after she won a GOLD MEDAL!); we're catty; we operate in the green zone of jealousy too much; and we gossip too much. Who do you think all those supermarket tabloids are for - they aren't displayed for men. And, I'm pretty sure 99% of their customers are women. I made that up. But, I bet it's true.
Here's a change - women helping women. Truth is, it happens all the time. Truth is, I've encountered more women willing to work with me, help me, support me, praise me and compliment me than the other. Oh, no way around it - I've had my share of (w)itchy bosses of the female persuasion. I say it that way because I'm not sure the women I put in that category were... really women. I think they wanted to be men. NOT gay, really... men.
This blog and the guest writers are a clear example of women helping women. The writers approached me to ask if they could share their business advice with my readers. They did not and never have asked for payment, though I'd dearly love to pay them for their wonderful posts. These women are intent on sharing their expertise and showing other women how to succeed.
Just this week I discovered that I'd been added to another list of professionals in social media: Top 30 Women in Social Media All Over the World.
While I'm so honored to be included, the real compliment is in seeing my name and my face on that page with all those other outstanding women in social media. No, I'm not being humble. My work in social media is worth noting, I'm happy people recognize it.
But, when I see Mari Smith and Lisa Stone in a group of women professionals, I don't think of myself as being in the same league. I consider them, along with Anny Handley, Liz Strauss and Charlene Li, among others, as the women leading the charge in social media - these are women who teach me, all the time, by their actions, their work, their focus, and their commitment to others. All of them work to lift other women up - to greater success.
I'm also fond of reminding people that the rest of us, you and me and many, many others, make up a large part of the female population and our work, our businesses, our dedication to our sisters in business, is what keeps America strong. It's women supporting women.
And, to showcase some truly fantastic women - women who are my friends and who have helped me over and over again, women who are out there giving back, big time, check out these folks:
Toby Bloomberg and Marianne Richmond - these ladies are looking out for women 'of a certain age' - those of us over 40. We're a big group, a powerful group, and women that should be getting far more attention from the media.
All the Single Girlfriends (no, you don't have to be single... but the site did start out focused on single women over 40)
Now, share your women friends and colleagues who are making a difference for other women, everywhere.