Women Lead Resources

Filed Under: Womens Leadership

"The Women's Leadership Gap," by Judith Warner, Center for American Progress (2015)
Is the Design World Still a Boys' Club?” by Alice Rawsthorn, Frieze (2015)
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)


Darling, You Can't Do Both (and Other Noise to Ignore on Your Way Up), by Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk (2014)
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)
The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, by Valerie Young (2011)
Women Of Design: Influence And Inspiration From The Original Trailblazers To The New Groundbreakers, by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit (2008)

Companies & organizations

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 training
Skillcrush: “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 College
Art + 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 Businesses
Hall 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.”

Websites & web series

Birdwatching: “a new platform for women in graphic design, professional practice, and career development.”
“Biz Ladies” blog series via Design Sponge
Ellevate: a “global professional women’s network.”
Fortune’s The Broadsheet newsletter, by Caroline Fairchild
Makers: “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 Sleboda
Women 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)
The Representation ProjectMiss Representation: “how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America” (2011)
Videos from AIGA’s “Women and the Redesign of Business,” (2014)
Videos from the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University "Voice and Influence" series:

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,” Sheryl Sandberg at TED (2010)

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