“Connecting Our Generations” PowerPoint Presentation

January 8, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Psychology, Developmental Psychology
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Connecting Our Generations Idealism of Our Youth Our Shared Passion Wisdom of Our Seniors

Marilyn Bombac, PhD

Generations of Leaders • • • • • •

Celebrating Our History Building on Our Successes Identifying Our Strengths Understanding Life Stages and Transitions Respecting Individual Choices Creating Workable Processes

Celebrating Our AAUW History • Began in 1881 with 17 educated women • 1885—First research study: “Health Statistics of Women College Graduates” • 1938— “College Women’s Wages” • 1944 – “Monetary Plans for United Nations” • 1968 – “This Beleaguered Earth” • 1991 – “Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America”

Building on Our Successes • Gender Equity in Education and Workplace – Women have gone from a small minority on college campuses to the majority of the student body

• Title IX – 40 years old – Never mentions “athletics” – During 2009-10 , 41% of high school athletes—more than 3million students—were women

• It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard • National Conf. for College Women Student Leaders

Identifying Our Strengths • • • • • • • •

Respected Professionals Empowering Women Since 1881 Leading Voice for Women and Girls Conducting Groundbreaking Research 165,000 Members and Supporters 1,000 Local Branches; 800 C/U Partners $4.3M Fellowships/Grants for 278 women, 2012-13 Non-Partisan; Non-Profit

Life Stages and Transitions

Life Stages and Transitions • • • • •

Childhood Adolescence Early Adulthood Midlife Mature Adulthood

Life Stages and Transitions • Childhood – First 10 Years of Life – “The Magic Decade” – Fantastic, Elastic Brain

• Adolescence – Prefrontal Cortex (Planning/Decision Making) • Not fully developed

– Amygdala (Emotions) • Swells to twice its size

Life Stages and Transitions • Early Adulthood (20s-30s) – Researchers have devoted less attention to this stage of life than any other stage

• Characteristics: – – – – –

Healthiest time of life Transition from home to self-sufficiency Choosing a life’s work/partner Loneliest, disorganized period of the life span Line between childhood and adulthood is fuzzier

Life Stages and Transitions • Midlife (40s-50s) – Family Changes • “Empty Nest” • Aging Parents

– Reassessing Roles • Traditional vs. Career

– Menopause • Margaret Mead said, “The most creative force in the world is the woman with postmenopausal zest”

Life Stages and Transitions • Mature Adulthood (60s+) – Time of life when seeds planted at earlier stages of development come to fruition • Many people spend the first half of their lives making the last half miserable

– Key to successful aging – capacity to give back – Erik Erikson’s word “generativity” • Nurturing/caring for future generations • Teaching, Referring, Coaching and Mentoring

Let’s Meet Our Generational Sisters

Life Stages and Transitions Anne Doyle “Powering Up” Categories • “Pioneering Interlopers” (Mature Adulthood) • Primarily Traditionalists (born before WWII) and the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) • Cultural message: “No, you can’t”

• Societal Impacts • The Civil Rights Movement • The Women’s Movement • The Pill and Roe v. Wade

Life Stages and Transitions Doyle’s “Powering Up” Categories (continued) • “Influential Insiders” (Midlife) • Tend to be Generation Xs (born 1965-1980) • Cultural message “Maybe you can”

• Societal Impacts • Title IX, passed in 1972 • Landmark Lawsuits • “The Mommy Track” and “Opting Out” (late 1980s)

Life Stages and Transitions Doyle’s “Powering Up” Categories (continued) • “I’ll Do-It-My-Way Innovators” (Early Adulthood) • Part of the huge Millennial or Generation Y wave (born 1981-1995) just beginning to make its mark • Cultural message “Yes, you can!”

• Societal Impacts • Technology; Social Networking • Ethnic and Multicultural America • Oversexualization of Women

Strengths and Perceptions “Mature Adulthood” • Strengths – Dress to Impress – Sense of Sisterhood – Desire to Give Back

• Critical Perceptions – Not Team Players – Too Tough – Not Supportive of Work/Life Balance

Strengths and Perceptions “Midlife” • Strengths – Diplomacy (able to work w/men as peers) – Assertive – Comfortable in their own skin

• Critical Perceptions – Separate themselves from trailblazing older sisters – Reluctant to lead change – Believe they’re smarter, savvier than their older sisters

Strengths and Perceptions “Early Adulthood” • Strengths – Technology Skills – Mentoring and Connecting with Other Women – Global World View

• Critical Perceptions – – – –

Big Ambition; No Perseverance Unable to Handle Criticism; “Just Quit” Naïve About Gender Barriers Don’t Dress for Success

Respecting Individual Choices • Develop your own style • Help others to develop their own style • A Fully Evolved Leader Needs: – The Courage of an “Interloper” – The Influential Savvy of an “Insider” – The Sense of Unlimited Possibility of an “Innovator”

• African Proverb: “If you wish to go quickly, go alone. If you wish to go far, go together”

Creating Workable Processes • State Projects • Branch Recruiting

Creating Workable Processes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

AAUW-Nebraska’s Strategic Planning Process Begin with the end in mind Face reality – the honest truth Focus on the issues Ask the hard questions Engage trusted partners Work on common goals Actively participate in creating real solutions

Creating Workable Processes





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