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Shoulder Pads

Remember in the 1980s when ambitious women were associated with power suits and shoulder pads that would not be out of place at the Superbowl?  And maybe you’ve heard the expression “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” attributed by the internet to Sir Isaac Newton? “Shoulder Pads” is an occasional series featuring interviews with women whose ambition, insight, and accomplishment have influenced, inspired and informed my own thinking and work.  In my head, they all get to wear figurative shoulder pads of awesomeness, which provide a steady, horizontal plane on which I stand.  In reality, I don’t think any of them wear shoulder pads.  In reality, ambitious women wear all kinds of things.

Shoulder Pads Q & A with Bryce Covert of the Roosevelt Institute: I saw Bryce Covert speak in March at the Women, Action and Media conference in New York City, when she spoke about being a financial reporter, something I may now be on my way to becoming. She was cheerful, articulate, thoughtful and encouraging. Since then, I’ve followed her excellent work on women in the economy in the Nation, GOOD, Alternet and other magazines and websites. Covert, 27, is now editor of the Roosevelt Institute’s New Deal 2.0 blog, and has come out with some extremely keen analysis lately of how the economic crisis has affected American women. I spoke to her about her career, financial reporting, covering women’s issues, and the end of secretaries. Read it here.

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