Women in manufacturing on the rise

Diversity helps bring industry into new era

The past decades of deindustrialization and resulting layoffs in America have left the manufacturing industry with a potential workforce that is hesitant to enter into what they have been taught is rough work with an uncertain paycheck. This hesitance to join the manufacturing industry has been dubbed the “mill mentality” and stems from multiple cultural and economic sources, including parents […]

STEM programs plant opportunities for women, young females

“I was in [my advisor in undergrad’s] lab, working in the summer with another undergraduate – who was a guy – and [my advisor] said to the guy, ‘when you grow up and go out and become a successful scientist, you can donate money back to Penn State!’, and then he said to me, ‘Heather, when you grow up and […]

How a job acquires a gender

(and less authority if it’s female)

(AP) – “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they’re often praised for being a “leader.” But when little girls do, they’re more likely to be scolded for being too “bossy.” And it matters for grownups, too. Research and media […]

Beating the fear of rejection

Are you paralyzed by fear? Good. What you’re afraid to do, you must do. The question you’re afraid to ask, you must ask. In this article I will look at “getting out on the skinny branches.” Failure is inevitable. Resilience is a life skill, one that will fill your soul and your pocket. Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that […]

Five ways DIY divorces can lead to disaster

The number of websites offering “do- it-yourself” divorces has exploded in recent years, with many sites advertising services for less than $200. While these sites may be useful for informational purposes, relying solely on these services to complete a divorce can create costly consequences for both parties. DIY projects often allow individuals to save time and money on a wide […]

Entrepreneurial Women’s Expo returns to reinvent itself

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Women business owners from throughout Pennsylvania will soon congregate in the Happy Valley to celebrate each other’s successes and help push one another’s businesses to the next step. The eighth annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Expo will be held October 4 at Celebration Hall. The all-day conference will feature keynote speakers, an exhibit hall for businesses looking to […]

Jobs with higher pay still see gender pay gap

“We always ask why we don’t see women in top leadership positions, but we never ask why we see so many men in these jobs. These positions often require long, stressful hours that may not be worth it if you want a balanced and fulfilling life.” That is a quote from a 10-page memo criticizing Google’s approach to diversity, written […]

Investing in the health of moms and babies

There is more to breastfeeding than providing milk. By protecting the health status of both mom and baby, breastfeeding has a positive impact on the level of overall public health, along with benefits for our economy and environment, too. From the first drops of breast milk, called colostrum, babies receive important antibodies in a rich, gold- colored liquid that coats […]

Student-faculty research earns award from psychology association

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Research about the influence of maternal depression on a child’s self-esteem earned a psychology student and her faculty mentor an Eastern Regional Research Award for 2016-17, given by Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Erin Nolan, a senior psychology major from Asheville, N.C., and Sue Kelley, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Lycoming College, collaborated […]

Speak on It!

Sharing your vision through public speaking

Public speaking is an excellent way to spread awareness of your business and communicate your vision to groups of receptive, like-minded potential clients. Public speaking can also be a source of passive income to supplement your growing enterprise. Most importantly, delivering an engaging presentation on a topic close to your heart is exhilarating, rewarding and a lot of fun! In […]