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Happy Thanksgiving everyone, from the United States where we have much to be grateful for. The biggest hit on Broadway is Hamilton- Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hip Hop version of the story of Alexander Hamilton, a brilliant (young) man who immigrated to the United States and became one of our Founding Fathers.

Miranda's inspired musical version of the life story of Alexander Hamilton was based on the best-selling biography, “Alexander Hamilton,” by historian Ron Chernow.

Miranda's influences were everything musical theatre, from Oklahoma and West Side Story and A Chorus Line to Stephen Sondheim and Kander & Ebb. He loved the entire genre and form of artistic and musical and dance expression.

'Cept that as the son of Puerto Rican parents, his neighborhood and street scene growing up were steeped in a much wider mishmash of cultures, musical tastes, poetry, dance and other artistic and intellectual influences.

He infused them all with his own almost indescribable energy, distilled those influences like he was making a fine brew, mixing them up and combining them with everything musical that had gotten under his skin, ultimately envisioning a Latino Hip Hop retelling of the Hamilton story because he thought "_hip-hop was the perfect musical style for describing the American Revolution, because it is “the language of youth and energy and of rebellion."_

On this Thanksgiving Day, when there are so many people all over the world struggling to find freedom, a place to call home, a place safe from political strife, I thought I would share with you a fabulous poetry rap Miranda did at The White House Poetry Jam several years ago when he was putting together what has become the smash Hamilton on Broadway.

I dig it. I thought you would dig it. We all came from someplace else to get to where we are now.

Including one of our Founding Forefathers and a great champion of the Constitution of the United States...Alexander Hamilton. We need to keep our hearts open. We need to listen. To see. To take in what is around us...and turn it into something inspiring.

Check it out...and Happy Thanksgiving Lin-Manuel Miranda.

About Lin-Manuel Miranda:

Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up on Hip Hop:

The Making of the Hamilton Cast Album:

Hamilton: An American Musical:

Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling Jimmy Fallon's outgoing VM:

Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyle rapping on the Tonight Show:

MacAarthur Fellow, Lin-Manuel Miranda:

#Hamilton   #LinManuelMiranda   #AlexanderHamilton  
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How nice of you +Michael O'Reilly. It is my favorite holiday...because it's not about religion or gifts or money...and not even so much about tradition (although it is...I confess I'm not a fan of roast turkey), but about friends. We invite people who have no where to go. I love that.
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Man-made airbirds, as seen through the eyes of Marvin Jim and Delbert Buck, two Navajo Folk Artists.

I collect things aviation - books, toys, all sorts of flying creatures and things, including an assortment of Christmas tree ornaments most of which are animals, but some of which are icons from popular culture (photo of that collection to come nearer to Christmas).

Years ago I found among papers my mother had given me an old sectional from the Northeast that she inscribed on the Upper Left hand corner, In 1947, landed at Syracuse airport, (you can't see it in the picture because the map is huge and I couldn't photograph the entire thing).

The map is so simple compared to current sectionals and there is so something beautiful and elegant about it, and of course sentimental because of my mother's inscription, that I have always wanted to frame it and recently did.

It hangs in my bedroom over an old chest of drawers on which I've put two of my favorite pieces of folk art - a small wooden airplane (the prop spins) with a donkey as pilot (there is significance in that!) by Navajo artist Marvin Jim, and another much bigger wooden airplane with a cowboy pilot and a Dalmatian dog (with a hat, of course) as his co-pilot.

While I don't know whether donkeys can fly (okay...I do and they don't, at least none that I know of, but I digress...), our curious cowboy straddles the plane like it's a bronco and heaven only knows how he keeps his seat. The prop spins on his plane as well, but I gather they're not going anywhere anytime soon, even though Coca Cola has signed on as a sponsor, thus the cheeky smile on our cowboy's face.

I love Navajo folk art and I love the imagination of the artists, taking elements of imagery that comes across their various fields of vision and marrying them to other, far-fetched yet Hollywood-esque elements.

I wouldn't have put a donkey in an airplane. But if I had a donkey in my backyard and I saw a plane flying overhead and I was a folk artist, then I probably would.

I think Walt Disney would dig 'em. I do.

The framed photo in the back was taken by a friend as I was landing in Winchester, West Virginia a few years back. I have a photo of my parents at that very same airfield decades ago.
I loved discovering that the airport was the same, although it was completely unrecognizable.

And I love Navajo folk art.
And Donkeys and Dalmatians that take to the skies.
And good friends who waiting for us to land safely.

Could someone please tell Coca-Cola that I wouldn't mind them sponsoring me? (But don't tell them I don't every drink the stuff!)

Fly safe if you are traveling for Thanksgiving.

And raise a glass to our imaginative and amusing Navajo artist friends wherever you are.

About Marvin Jim, Navajo Folk Artist:

About Delbert Buck, Navajo Folk Artist:
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Oh you could be agreeing about so very many things right now +Eve Aebi and selfishly...I'll take them all! 'Nother question but I'm wondering what everyone thinks of the new G+. I 'tested' it but switched back to Classic...Good grief, that is another post, not one I'm sure I want to make!
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“Truly creative things happen when one thinks differently, yet nobody wants to think differently.” - Shonda Rhimes, creator, founder and producer (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, ShondaLand production company)

“I can’t stand most of the movies marketed to women. They are all about finding guys and weddings, weddings, weddings. I don’t care about weddings.” - Amy Heckerling, writer and director (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless)

‘‘It’s white men hiring white men to tell stories about white men.’’ - Frankie Shaw, writer, director and actress (SMILF)

“They keep pointing to a few female action heroes and saying they love strong women. But digging Lara Croft doesn’t mean you’re a feminist. It means you’re a straight guy.” - Dana Calvo, writer and producer (Narcos and Good Girls Revolt)

“You’d have to go to forklifters to find a lower percentage of females — 99 percent of people on my crew have never worked with a female director. A woman who’d been working as an extra for 30 years was on my set and told me: ‘I just want to tell you, right on, sister. Do you know how nice it is just to see a woman in charge?’ I kind of got teary.” - Denise Di Novi, producer and director (Heathers and Edward Scissorhands and Unforgettable) 

‘‘I’m so fatigued by this superhero mythology and the notion that one guy with a cape who can fly is going to save the world. It’s so completely juvenile.’’ - Karyn Kusama, director and writer (Girlfight, Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, The Man in the High Castle)

‘‘A big part of getting a ‘shot’ is about studio execs seeing themselves in you. As a woman and a black filmmaker, I’m often not that person.” - Dee Rees, writer, director and producer (Pariah and Bessie)

“Maybe even to the great men, a woman directing is like a dog playing the piano: at best, a novelty or fad; at worst, an aberration.” - Leslye Headland, writer and director (Bachelorette and Sleeping With Other People)

“I used to assume that Hollywood would let anyone who could make them money get behind the wheel. But now I think there is some deep-seated aversion to letting women drive.” - Lucy Fisher, producer (Divergent, The Great Gatsby’)

“The thing that’s so hard is, most of the female directors I know are spending a significant amount of their lives waiting around.” - Lena Dunham, writer, director, producer, actress
(Tiny Furniture and Girls)
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I don't think so. They just are part of the game like cheerleaders and the band. The game was traditionally the largest historically black college and university rivalry. I ran one of the "up cameras" in the stands and was the only white guy in the area.
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*There is a place in New York City
called The High Line*

Where Lady Liberty lifts her flame to France
Stay strong, our hearts are with you, she says...

Where Albert Einstein thinks Love
not Physics,
is the answer

Where a girl sits silently and reads in public
yet seems entirely within herself

Where Gehry's crackled ICA building rises in the distance
adorned by the Sun,
glistening against its crisp glass skin like a faceted diamond on a Lady's ear lobe

Where the old railroad tracks beckon
The young
The old
The foreign
The familiar

To walk
To stroll
To hold hands
And kiss

To sit
and people watch,
hiding behind sunglasses,
eating ice cream cones
as Summer fades to Fall

Where people come from all over the world
To mingle together in peace
Their nationalities and religions and habits and histories
flowing together in wonder

At the intersection of past and future
of nature and architecture
of cityscape and landscape
of city noise and nature silence

Atop the city
Beside the Hudson
Under the clouds
In our beloved Manhattan

Where the music that people make
Sings harmoniously with the music the wind makes
Looking out onto Our New Colossus
From the High Line

The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Ellis Island Foundation: Statue of Liberty History:

Lady Liberty: An Unauthorized Biography:

#TheHighLine   #NewYorkCity   #NewColossus  
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Sunday Morning Racine Cubique and Sylvie Guillem

What does it mean to be free? What is your definition of freedom? Is there really any such thing as freedom? Or are we, perhaps, sometimes free and sometimes not?

Is it even possible to be free? Or are we compelled to somehow continually bind ourselves to whatever is external to us - houses, communities, groups, environments? Or do those constraints exist purely within our imaginations?

If we have the 'right' to speak freely, and we exercise that right, does that mean that we are truly free? If we have the 'right' to own a gun, and we purchase one, does that purchase and ownership therefore make us free?

Or does being free and having freedom have more to do with what we choose not to say, not to express, not to do, not to own?

What are the differences between freedom and liberty? And how do we exercise those differences in our personal lives? Or do we? Do we even think about the difference? Or do we assume they are the same? Or perhaps mutually exclusive? Or perhaps that any difference that does exist doesn't really matter? Which do we, as individuals, choose to live by?

Are we conscious of any of it? Or are we all moving from the womb to the tomb, on automatic pilot, avoiding the exploration of self and space?

Is freedom a state of mind? Or is it a state of physical being? Why is it that some people seem able to remain 'free' even though confined, while others without any restraints or constraints at all seem to be so imprisoned?

Do we feel free only when our freedom is recognized by others? Or is our own sense of freedom enough? Is it public? Or private? Is it expressible only in words? In art? Silently?

Or in movement accompanied by music and one prop?

When I first saw a video of Sylvie Guillem perform Racine Cubique, which was created for her in 1997 by renowned French choreographer Maurice Béjart, all of these questions, and many, many more raced through my head, all of them competing for space, for attention, demanding to be asked, contemplated, answered and debated, in tandem with the movements of her body, her footwork, the expression of every muscle, sinew, tendon.

I thought you might like Racine Cubique. Or enjoying having the freedom to Click on the Play Arrow.

Or not.

And then sharing what you think or feel or don't think or don't feel.

Or exercising your freedom not to share. Or not to care. Or not to feel. Or for it not to matter.

Or does it matter if you share it with me? Because then I will have the freedom to respond. 

Or not.

Or perhaps we will have the freedom to know that even if there is no response, there is still Racine's Cubique existing out there somewhere in that Maurice Béjartian and Sylvie Guillemish way, whether we choose to explore its meaning...or not.

Yesterday was a Smoky one.

Today is more Blue Cubique.

Tell me what you think. Or not.

Sylvie Guillem Prepares to End Her Ballet Career:

#SylvieGuillem   #RacineCubique   #MauriceBejart   #Dance  
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Hi, +Mac Vogt thank you for taking the time to watch Racine Cubique and to ponder all of this. I like what you say about applying the concept of 'pure freedom' recursively to ourselves, and to imagine our ability to manipulate our brains and conscious experiences and ethics as we move from moment to moment.

I think this is what artists do. I mean one could drop LSD, right and there are many many people who have chose to 'explore' the inner and outer reaches of their minds/imaginations with the help of chemicals. Then there is Dali and Picasso and Jackson Pollock and James Joyce and Sonia Sanchez and Sankai Juku and...Lin-Manuel Mirando, the creator/writer/actor of Hamilton, the sensation of Broadway because he 'imagined' the telling of the story of Alexander Hamilton as a Hip Hop musical with an ethnic cast.

So the inspiration to explore the insides and outsides of the Cube, to explore the insides and outsides of our brains, our emotions, our thoughts comes from internal desire. There was an interactive feature in the Times the other day and a discussion of 'alternate realities,' parallel universes which of course many people say don't exist because we can't prove the, can't see them, the very thought of them goes against what we think we know. 

And then one of the scientists said that a hundred years ago it was inconceivable that today someone would be able to pick up a cell phone and call someone on the other side of the world and talk to we don't know what we'll know in another 100 years.

I feel this way as a pilot all the time. I get up there and I always think "it's magic" because it is not natural to humans. I know only one thing in this moment...if I don't continually push the boundaries of my own Cube...I'll stay the same, won't I? 

And is sanity marked by limits? ;)
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This is the way I feel this morning. Smoky.

A bit of Smoke danced by the divine Sylvie Guillem, choreographed for her by Mats Ek, the longer version of which can be see here (also on YouTube), danced with Niklas Ek:

Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek:

For those of you who prefer Vimeo, the entire Series is here:

Smoke, by Mats Ek, Part I

Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek, Part II

Smoke, choreographed by Mats Ek, Part III

#SylvieGuillem   #MatsEk   #SadlersWells   #Smoke   #ContemporaryDance   #Dance  
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So. Yet another inconvenient truth comes out. Which is that "half of the attacks since 2001 were committed by men born in the United States." And that "Since 2001 hardly any foreign-born have committed (or tried to commit) terrorism in (or on the way to) the U.S."  (John Mueller, political scientist at Ohio State and the Cato Institute who tracks terrorism in the United States)

On the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States, where we have so much to be thankful for, some people want our country (and its citizens) to turn its back on refugees who are escaping political brutality in their homelands because somehow we have convinced ourselves that "terrorism" is not an American problem, is not an American issue.

"Since then (9/11), most of the attackers in the United States claiming or appearing to be motivated by extremist Islam were born in this country or were naturalized citizens. None were refugees." 

We cannot put an end to terrorism unless we are willing to open our eyes...and confront an inconvenient truth.
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Funny enough, +Giselle Minoli​, I never used boxing gloves in the Army. I did use pugil sticks, but those are to teach you bayonet fighting skills. You know, to stab someone with a 14" knife at the end of your rifle when you are out of ammo and being overrun.

What I did use were all sorts of weapons, primarily of the gun sort. Rifles, handguns, machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, all of it really fun stuff. Except for that it's no fun for whoever is downrange of that ammo.

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who say "Guns are just tools. Knives kill people too!" Guns are exclusively weapons. They are made to put a projectile through a person or an animal with maximum lethality. Tools can be used as weapons, but the purpose of tools is to make life easier. The purpose of weapons is to take life.
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"Einstein thought his theory of gravity so beautiful, that he once told a student that if it didn't work out, he would feel sorry for the Lord. He didn't have to worry. Einstein would have been 136 this month. The stars keep lighting candles for him. Happy Birthday, Albert..."
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I think I've seen that book, +Rich Fisher. I actually love the conversation about math and science between experts and laypeople. In the same way that I love the conversation about art and dance and poetry (etc.) between those whose lives are immersed in those disciplines and those whose lives aren't.

People 'learn' things in different ways, they 'see' things in different ways, the 'door' into understanding is different for different people.

I used to be a dancer. So I have a sense of three dimensions and space based on actual movement. It was always difficult for me to imagine 3-dimensional space by closing my eyes. I literally had to get out on the dance floor and move through it. So, too, with being a pilot. I had to 'walk' the maneuvers on the tarmac. The explanations on the page were, ahem... flat for me.

Thus the reason I love interactive media. Not everyone lives where there is an awesome Planetarium, right? As for Einstein's Universe for laypeople, would that little lessons about it were built into everyday life. The magic. The wonder. The mystery. It's really incredible.
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‘‘It’s kind of like the church,’’ notes the actress Anjelica Huston, whose father, John Huston, helped set the template for macho directors. ‘‘They don’t want us to be priests. They want us to be obedient nuns.’’

As a woman, and former actor and theatre director, and as a curious person who reads and lives a real life and loves the movies and art and music and dance and creative endeavors that are reflective of all life - which includes men AND women - I am very picky about what I watch, because, in my view, there isn't much that comes out of Hollywood that interests me.


Wild. Because Cheryl Strayed is a woman with a relatable life.

Boyhood. Because not only is Patricia Arquette an actress who is relatable, she played a mother on screen anyone not living under a rock can understand.

Blue Jasmine. Because women like Jasmine are everywhere. Sadly. 

Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, because they are war films directed by a woman, and that is unheard of in HWood.


That kind of leap — from indie to blockbuster — is almost exclusively reserved for young guys in baseball caps who remind older guys in baseball caps of themselves. Kathryn Bigelow, a unique figure in Hollywood, got a big budget for ‘‘K-19: The Widowmaker.’’ The director Patty Jenkins’s ‘‘Wonder Woman’’ will arrive in 2017. No other woman in Hollywood has directed a $100 million live-action film.


Homeland. Because Carrie Mathison is much more than a blue-jeaned baby queen, as David Essex would say.

Madam Secretary. Ditto. And because Téa Leoni isn't Botox'd to within an inch of her life. And because Yes, we've had two female Secretaries of State. And because it's time for more political drama on film and in television that reflect the work of women in politics. Because Barbara Hall created it.

60 Minutes. Because Leslie Stahl is still there.

TV shows I can't watch?

Suits. Because the women are reduced to being, essentially, pretty clothes hangers.

TV shows that make me angry?

House of Cards. Because even though the story is good, they still had to make the talented Robin Wright look like a clothes hanger. No one wears tighter clothes on screen than Claire Underwood.

Big Bang Theory. Because the female lead started out as a waitress wanna be actress and she failed at that? Seriously? And the three males leads are scientists? Seriously? Yes. Seriously.

The Good Wife. Because yet another man cheats on his wife and this is the basis for good television? Seriously? Yes. Seriously.

Rather than being either half the output of Hollywood or the norm in 2015, movies and television shows that are either created by or directed by women, or that star and feature female characters and female story lines, are still extremely rare, and when they do occur, unless they are nitty gritty like the films of Kathryn Bigelow, or the character is drenched in political drama like Carrie Mathison or Beth McCord, women's films and television shows often get characterized as chick flicks...

...the dreaded counterpart to something called chicklit (I have never read any. Have you?). Which must be a cousin to chickart, which of course is a cousin to chickdance, which is a distant relative of chickmusic, which is sometimes discussed in the same paragraph as chickfood and chickcercise and chickcars and chickarchitecture and chickscience and chickfinances and chicksports and chickaviation. You know what I mean. But I digress...

‘‘Not that many women have succeeded in the movie business,’’ one top entertainment boss told me, while insisting on anonymity. ‘‘A lot of ’em haven’t tried hard enough. We’re tough about it. It’s a hundred-year-old business, founded by a bunch of old Jewish European men who did not hire anybody of color, no women agents or executives. We’re still slow at anything but white guys.’’

However, it is finally changing. Partly because more women in positions of power are writing, producing, directing or green lighting films that are built around interesting and compelling female characters, partly because there are men who get it and are supportive of this because they too are sick of how boring and one-sided moves have become and these men want to be a part of this change, and partly because after decades of silenced imposed by an industry that prefers Priests to Nuns, the lack of gender diversity in Hollywood is now being talked about by virtually everyone in Hollywood with any character, with any integrity, with any sense of ethics.

The Women of Hollywood Speak Out to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times.


#TheWomenofHollywood   #MaureenDowd  
Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios and direct blockbuster pictures. What will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it?
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And how ironic that the screen actors guild, SAG, would not exist were it not for the protests of two fabulously talented actresses, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland.
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(as Paul Simon might have written...)

Who are the women you admire, the women you respect
And consider your friends, your comrades, your collaborators?
Perhaps your mother, or your grandmother?
A sister,
A friend...

Are you equals,
Different, yet similar?
Do you think alike, or do you spar vigorously?
Are you complements, or are you Night and Day,
Oil and Vinegar, White and Red wine?

Do you value the same things,
Or is your friendship founded in your differences?
Was she born rich, is she self-made,
or uninterested in money?
Is she an artist, a bohemian, an entrepreneur, a philosopher?

Is she generous,
...or perfect?

Is she a woman for whom you work?
Or someone you employ?
Do you share a cubicle?
Are you partners in business,
Or is she the lady you sit next to on your morning commute?
Perhaps the bus driver who gets you there safely?

Does she dress up,
Or down,
Is she demure 
Or does she show off?
Does she wear a hat?

Someone who took a chance on you,
And woke you up to your talent.
Unafraid to be tough,
Unafraid to be kind.
Unafraid to be.

Someone who pushed when you wanted to sit down,
Someone who pulled you back down onto the park bench when you got ahead of yourself.

Is she older?
More adventurous?
More creative?
The thinker?
The poet?
The scientist?
The doctor?

A wife?
A mother?
The same religion, or none at all?
Do you have the same skin color,
Or do you stand proud in contrast side-by-side in the sun?

Do you like the same music
Or play one another tunes?
Do you speak the same language,
Or do you sign away into the early morning light?
Do you walk arm and arm down the street together?

Do you laugh together,
Sit in silence?

Do you cook for one another?
Or eat out and raise a glass to life?

Is it her brain that you like,
Or her humor,
Her energy,
Her accomplishments?
Or the chocolates she serves you at tea?

Do you like her because she's like you?
Or would you like her no matter what?
And she you,
Like two peas in a pod,
Or birds on a wire?

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Barbara Corcoran, the Shark Tank judge, says women often "devalue themselves and initially don't price themselves properly." I beg to differ. This has not been my personal and professional experience, nor has it been the experience of many (most?) of the women with whom I have worked professionally over the course of many decades.

This is a slippery slope, and while it has a logical ring to it that people want to believe and want to buy into, it is unfortunately fashioned on the same theory that for decades has placed women in the role of having to be experts at self breast examination in order to discover any life threatening cancer cells lurking in their tissues.

In other words, if a woman doesn't get the raise and promotion she wants, it's her fault for not asking, or not asking in the right way, or not presenting herself correctly, or not being assertive or confident enough.

So, too, if a woman doesn't do a proper self exam, at the right time of the month, every month, and fails to notice what could potentially be a malignancy, then it's her fault if a cancer goes unnoticed and untreated.

I do understand the belief system that blames women for lack of opportunity, for not getting the promotions they want and deserve and for significantly lower wages - this phenomenon known as unequal pay for equal work. Culturally that belief system manages to neatly sweep under the rug what has become a stark cultural acceptance of this status quo and many people like it that way and benefit from it.

In A Woman's De-Liberation: There Never Was a Sexual Revolution, I wrote about my own experiences as a young executive at CBS Records in New York and what happened when I confronted management about my salary after discovering that the man who had been fired so I could replace him had been making significantly more money than I was offered. (

The reasons were varied, infuriating and amusing all at once: He is married, he has a mortgage and a family, being the more luminous of the reasons I was offered.

I was also told not to make an issue of it, that when I proved my worth (I had already proved my worth, having won a boatload of awards, which is the reason I had been offered the job) my salary would be increased and that, and I love this one, "Money isn't everything."

No, it isn't. If you are a rich woman. Or financially independent by virtue of a trust fund or family money. Or you are happy being supported by a sugar daddy.

But if you work hard, are good at what you do, have something to offer the organization for which you work, are honorable, dedicated, trustworthy and add value, then money matters a great deal, particularly if the organization is for profit.

There are many times I, and many men and women I know, have chosen to work for less, or for free, for causes and organizations we believe in that are non-profit. That is a different matter.

But when it comes to being paid...and paying an employee...each of us has a choice.

If you are a woman and you ask for what you want and what you are worth, don't let anyone tell you that if you don't get it then it is because you weren't assertive enough, didn't ask in the right tone of voice, weren't confident enough, or didn't lay out in a convincing enough manner the bona fide reasons for getting the promotion or raise that you have set your sights on.

And if you are an employer, you can make sure that when you hire a woman that she is paid what she is worth for the job that she is doing and that she is properly awarded for her accomplishments. Don't let yourself off the hook by thinking, "Hey, I know deep down inside this is wrong, she deserves it, but, I'm going to play the game and make her beg and then I'll still say No." Don't be that person. Because Karma.

Patricia Arquette discussed this in her live interview on Huff Post:

"The demographics changed in America. We have only 30 percent of families living in the traditional 'dad is the breadwinner, mom stays home' mode. Right now, we have 66 million women and children living in poverty. Half of those ... would not be living in poverty if their moms were paid a full dollar [to a man's dollar]. So the number one thing we could at this moment for child poverty ... is to make sure their moms get paid a full dollar."

Getting equal pay for equal work in the United States of America is similar to getting the populace to acknowledge global warming. Or that we have a racism problem. Or that we have a gun "issue." Or a student debt issue.

However, I do agree with Barbara Corcoran on the process and procedure for asking for a raise and/or a promotion:

* Walk in knowing exactly what you have done for the business, for the team, for your boss.

* In your current job description, know what more responsibility you have taken on that you assumed and grabbed for yourself.

* Cite every little detail (of why you are asking for what your are asking for) and then say, "I'd like to get a raise..." and then name the price. As in say exactly what you want.

* If you are turned down, come right back at them and ask again, "When can I get a raise?"

Just know that if you are turned down again and again and again, it isn't because you aren't necessarily leaning in to the table far enough or with enough fortitude, or because you aren't stepping up to the plate with enough confidence, or because you aren't speaking up for yourself in the right tone of voice. This is a cultural problem and you are only one of the cogs in the unequal pay for equal work wheel.

Know that it is because it takes thick waders to walk through thousands of years of sludge and get to the other side of the pond without being covered in muck.

Know that it is because the wheels of change turn very slowly whenever someone or some group is suggesting the balance be forever changed.

And one more thing: Always be good at what you do. No matter what the outcome of asking for a raise or a promotion, always be good at what you do. At the end of the day you will have your self-respect and your dignity in tact, and you will be able to sleep well at night.

It matters. Too many people begin to feel defeated if they ask and don't get, and then they say to themselves "Why should I bother when I am never recognized and can't get ahead?"

And then they start phoning it in.
Never phone in your performance.

The reason is because you have to set your own standard no matter what the rest of the world is doing.

So set it high. Always set it high.

Both segments of Patricia Arquette's live interview about Women and Work and Women and Pay can be watched at the below links. It is worth taking the time to listen to this articulate, accomplished, thoughtful and experienced woman, who has worked her way up the ladder, talk about how difficult it is to be paid "under the same structure" (which is not the same thing as the same amount), as her co-actors.

#BarbaraCorcoran   #SharkTankWomen   #EqualPayforEqualWork   #GetARaiseToday   #PatriciaArquette  
The "Shark Tank" judge says women often "devalue themselves and initially don't price themselves properly."
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Hi +Julia Denett I understand that. The thing that I don't agree with, after more than 30 years in business, is her suggestion that women are responsible (solely) for not speaking up. There is, as you say, a "climate" of silence and it is incredibly thick. Men speak up because they do not get punished for doing so. Women don't speak up because they do and they know it....thence comes their desire to please people because they think that by doing do it "buys" them the right to finally speak up. will never know. I am glad to hear that you have taken a difficult situation in your life and made your company better. It is what we are all supposed to be doing and you have clearly done it. Brava.
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Cultural, political and social essayist. Fine jewelry designer. Private pilot.
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I write literary nonfiction. I design fine jewelry.
New York City has been my home for over 30 years. I'm a writer, but I've had several careers, each of them related to the arts. Dance, music, theatre and art have been in my life since I was a child, and the signs were everywhere that these interests would turn out to be lifelong ones. 

I studied the Classics at St. John's College, where my need to be involved in the creative arts only intensified. When I graduated I headed to San Francisco, where there was a thriving experimental cultural scene.

But I had dreamed of living in New York since I was 14, and a job as the National Director of Customer Merchandising with CBS Records was my ticket to Manhattan, where I have never spent a boring day.

Music lead to acting, which led to directing for a fledging theatre company, which, strangely, led to designing fine jewelry, which led to becoming a VP/Business Development Liaison and speechwriter in the art world, which lead to becoming a writer, the entire combined history and mystery of which led to my current life, rooted in the arts of storytelling, conversation, communication and performance.

Along the way I became a pilot, saddened by the slow disappearance of general aviation in the US, the low number of women pilots, and the almost complete lack of wonder anymore at what is still the magic of flight. With our focus on cell phones, iPads, iPods and TVs, the appearance of a small plane against a blue sky is barely shrug-worthy.

But flying is an art - dancing in the skies, painting invisible pictures in the ether, making music with the wind. Air architecture. Wind poetry. Bird imitation. Zen.

I love to travel to Italy, because I can never get enough of that landscape, the cobblestone streets, the art, the music, the food, the wine, that melodious language, and watching the Italians strolling through their piazzas and streets after dinner, arm-in-arm, always kissing one another, and talking, talking, talking. 

American children are taught at a very young age to focus their energies on one thing primarily. For years I apologized about having so many interests. But life is short, and too interesting to focus on just one thing, so I no longer apologize.

My interests converge on the pages of, the website I'm grateful to the talented Ron Louie of Opto Design for creating for me.

From time-to-time I write for StepMom Magazine, where you can read: Climbing the Steps: Conversations With My Stepson About Life, Love and Loss and On Birthdays and Black Nail Polish.

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I'm proud to be one of 11,652 active female private pilots in the US, out of a national total of 174,883 airmen and women.
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