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The following resources—publications, videos, websites and external organizations and programs—are organized according to the three goals of the AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative: Celebrate, Cultivate, Connect. To suggest additional resources, contact Aidan O’Connor.
“Designing Women, part one” and “Designing Women, part two,” by DK Holland, Communication Arts (2014)
“Innovation by Design: The Case for Investing in Women,” by the Anita Borg Institute (2014)
“Move Over Mad Men: A Plea for Women in Design Leadership,” by Karli Petrovic (featuring Su Mathews), HOW (2014)
“There is a Salary Gap Even When Women Pay Themselves,” by Robb Mandelbaum, the New York Times (2014)
“Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity,” by Jodi Kantor, the New York Times (2013)
“Mommy in a Designer’s World,” Ashley Rundall, AIGA.org (2013)
“Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Atlantic (2012)
“Taking Gender into Account: Theory and Design for Women’s Leadership Development
Programs,” by Robin J. Ely et al. (2011)
“Women at the Drawing Board,” by Alice Rawsthorn, New York Times (2011)
“The End of Men,” by Hanna Rosin The Atlantic (2010)
“The Graphic Glass Ceiling,” by Michael Bierut, Design Observer (2006)
“The Myth of the Working Mom,” by Ellen Lupton, AIGA Voice (2006)
“Looking Closer 2: Critical Writings on Graphic Design,” edited by Michael Bierut (1997)
“Designers and Visibility: Design—Not Biology—is Destiny,” by Véronique Vienne (1994)
“Some Aspects of Design from the Perspective of a Woman Designer,” by Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (1973) in Michael Bierut, ed., Looking Closer 3: Classic Writings on Graphic Design (1999)
Designed by: Lella Vignelli, by Massimo Vignelli (2014)Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg (2013)Women in Graphic Design: 1890-2012, by Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer (2012)
MoMA, Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art [book/project] (2010)Women Of Design: Influence And Inspiration From The Original Trailblazers To The New
Groundbreakers, by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit (2008)
Girls Who Code: “working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.”Leading Women: “closing the leadership gender gap around the world.”Levo League: “a growing community of professional women seeking advice, inspiration, and the tools needed to succeed.”She Negotiates: negotiation consulting and trainingSkillcrush: “digital skills are job skills.”Women 2.0: “a media brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders.”
The 3% Conference: “building the business case for more female creative directors”TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here, "channels the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley to celebrate invention in all its forms”
Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard CollegeArt + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: “an ongoing international initiative to increase women’s representation, as subjects and editors.”Getty Images, Lean In Collection: “a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them.”Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small BusinessesHall of Femmes: “highlighting the work of outstanding women in art direction and design.”Lean In Circles: “small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and share together.”
Birdwatching: “a new platform for women in graphic design, professional practice, and career development.”“Biz Ladies” blog series via Design SpongeEllevate: a “global professional women’s network.”Fortune’s The Broadsheet newsletter, by Caroline FairchildMakers: “a dynamic digital platform showcasing thousands of compelling stories—both known and unknown—from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow.” (AOL and PBS)Women of Graphic Design, by Tori Hinn and Kathleen SlebodaWomen Talk Design: “women speakers for your next conference.”
“Advancing Your Leadership Through Negotiation,” “Blueprint for Everyday Workplace Negotiation,” and “Set and Get Your True Market Value,” three-part web series by Lisa Gates (2014-15)
“Move Over Mad Men,” Deborah Adler and Su Mathews (2014)
Videos from AIGA’s “Women and the Redesign of Business,” (2014) from the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Customized Leadership Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, Voice, and Influence series:
The Representation Project, Miss Representation: “how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America” (2011)
“Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,” Sheryl Sandberg at TED (2010)
This initiative develops AIGA's commitment to empowering women
designers and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing
professional women today.
Section: Tools and Resources -
Womens Leadership, professional development
The AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee works to celebrate the achievements of women in design, cultivate awareness of gender-related issues and connect by facilitating productive relationships within and beyond the design industry.
Learn how to get rich, keep your soul, do great work and do it all sustainably in this webinar with David C. Baker, who will show attendees how current decisions can impact the sort of retirement they’ll enjoy.
Section: Events and Competitions -
career, compensation, finances
No business thought leader has advocated more for the
design profession than Dan Pink. His books have consistently encouraged those in the
business world to not only value and nurture their own innovative and
creative sides but to seek out and empower the right-brain individuals in their
companies. In this interview, Dan provides insights on issues unique to the in-house design community.
Section: Inspiration -
INitiative, in-house design
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