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  • Women’s Leadership Resources

    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.


    Alice Rawsthorn, “Women at the Drawing Board,” New York Times, 6 March 2011 [article]

    AOL and PBS, Makers, “a dynamic digital platform showcasing thousands of compelling stories—both known and unknown—from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow” [website]

    Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, "an ongoing international initiative to increase women’s representation, as subjects and editors" [project]

    Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit, Women Of Design: Influence And Inspiration From The Original Trailblazers To The New Groundbreakers, 2008 [book]

    Design Sponge, Biz Ladies [series]

    DK Holland, “Designing Women, Part One” [essay] and “Designing Women, Part Two” [essay], Communication Arts, 2014

    Emily Potts, ed., “Women of Design,” Step Inside Design, December 2005 [issue]

    Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer, eds., Women in Graphic Design: 1890-2012, 2012 [book]

    Girls Who Code, “working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors” [nonprofit]

    Hall of Femmes, “highlighting the work of outstanding women in art direction and design” [website/project]

    Massimo Vignelli, Designed by: Lella Vignelli, 2014 [book]

    MoMA, Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, 2010 [book/project]

    TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here, "channels the bootstrap spirit of Silicon Valley to celebrate invention in all its forms” [conference]

    Tori Hinn and Kathleen Sleboda, Women of Graphic Design [blog]

    Véronique Vienne, “Designers and Visibility: Design—Not Biology—Is Destiny” (1994) in Michael Bierut, ed., Looking Closer 2: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, 1997 [essay]

    Women Talk Design, “women speakers for your next conference” [website]


    Anita Borg Institute, “Innovation by Design: The Case for Investing in Women,” March 2014 [white paper]

    Ann de Forest, “Women in Graphic Design: Building a Velvet Ghetto?” AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Vol. 6, No. 3 (1988) [essay]

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” The Atlantic, 13 June 2012 [article]

    Ashley Rundall, "Mommy in a Designer's World," AIGA.org [article]

    The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Customized Leadership Development Programs [program]

    Simmons School of Management, Center for Gender in Organizations resources [webpage]

    Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, Voice and Influence series:

    • Joan C. Williams, “What Works for Women at Work” [video]
    • Shelley Correll, “Leveling the Playing Field” [video]
    • Deborah Gruenfeld, “Power and Influence” [video]
    • Margaret Neale, “Negotiation: Getting What You Want” [video]
    • Jennifer Aaker, “Harnessing the Power of Stories” [video]
    • Melissa Thomas-Hunt, “Team Dynamics” [video]
    • Jennifer Aaker, “Rethinking Time: The Power of Multipliers” [video]

    Deborah Adler and Su Mathews, “Move Over Mad Men,” 16 January 2014 [webcast]

    Getty Images, Lean In Collection, “a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them” [project]

    Goldman Sachs, 10,000 Small Businesses [program]

    Hanna Rosin, “The End of Men,” The Atlantic, 8 June 2010 [article]

    Jodi Kantor, “Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity,” New York Times, 7 September 2013 [article]

    Karli Petrovic (featuring Su Mathews), “Move Over Mad Men: A Plea for Women in Design Leadership,” HOW, 11 February 2014 [article]

    Leading Women, “closing the leadership gender gap around the world” [company]

    The Representation Project, Miss Representation, 2011, “how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America” [film]

    She Negotiates (negotiation consulting and training) [company]

    Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, “Some Aspects of Design from the Perspective of a Woman Designer” (1973) in Michael Bierut, ed., Looking Closer 3: Classic Writings on Graphic Design, 1999 [essay]

    Sheryl Sandberg, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,” TED, 2010 [video]

    Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, 2013 [book]

    Skillcrush, “digital skills are job skills” [company]

    Tara Siegel Bernard, “Moving Past Gender Barriers to Negotiate a Raise,” New York Times, 24 March 2014 [article]

    Women 2.0, “a media brand designed for the next generation of technology leaders” [company]

    Robb Mandelbaum, “There is a Salary Gap Even When Women Pay Themselves,” New York Times, 18 February 2014 [article]

    Robin J. Ely et al., “Taking Gender into Account:Theory and Design for Women’s Leadership Development Programs,” 2011 [working paper]

    The 3% Conference, “building the business case for more female creative directors” [conference]


    Birdwatching, “a new platform for women in graphic design, professional practice and career development” [website]

    Ellevate, "global professional women's network" [website]

    Lean In Circles, “small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and share together” [project]

    Levo League, “a growing community of professional women seeking advice, inspiration, and the tools needed to succeed” [company]

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