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Yesterday I read this article by a female lawyer, written for other women in the company she works for, on how to behave as a woman. 

http://abovethelaw.com/2013/10/biglaw-memo-from-top-firm-advises-that-women-dont-giggle-dont-show-cleavage/

Read it yourself and form your own opinion. I can have opinions on what she says, the tone she uses, and why she is saying what she felt was necessary to convey, in writing, but those are just my opinions. There are a few things I know.

1. There is no man in this world who would send out an e-mail with advise to his fellow male co-workers on how to behave at work. 

2. Having awereness around how you are perceived in the work place is one of the most important ways of controlling your career path, and ultimately success.

3. My generation, women in our 40s, (are we almost-GenX?), cannot understand why acting appropriately is something that has to be taught. 

Today, female CEOs have to let their women employees know that wearing thongs and "ill-fitting" jeans (that is low cut for all you cool people, but I love the word ill-fitting so much more), are not appropriate attire for work. And that maybe posting drunk and making-out pictures when you are Facebook friends with your manager, is limiting your professional credibility. 

Are we just old? Has feminism changed? Is there an aura of entitlement? Are we all living as public figures in a way we never used to? What do we teach our kids?

I don't have any answers, and I have a ton of answers. I strongly believe that we need to always support any woman who stands up and tries to make other women better.

Let's show our daughters, girl friends, that  cultivating their nurturing is not a weakness, it's a strength, because it will make us exponentially better when we share our experiences. Whatever they may be. 

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