5 Helpful Resources For Women Working To Build Careers
Despite all of the progress made towards gender equality, women continue to face various hurdles that prevent them from thriving in the workplace. Fortunately, there are a lot of groups dedicated to breaking these barriers and empowering professionals across all fields. In no particular order, here are some resources for women looking to overcome obstacles and meet their career goals.
First up, at #1, we have Anita B, which provides women with year-round opportunities to connect with and inspire one another, develop their professional skills, find mentors, and gain recognition. Its programs support women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.
The group's Abie Awards honor distinguished individuals whose achievements and life stories demonstrate that everyone has the power to improve the world, individually and collectively. The organization also conducts research on how employers can create diverse workforces and foster cultures where women technologists can advance in their careers.
Next, at #2, is Vermont Works for Women. Founded in 1987, it works directly with girls and women to help them overcome individual and societal barriers to economic security. Its various programs offer opportunities to explore different interests and build confidence through mentoring, coaching, and career exposure, and to perfect skills through hands-on training.
Its Trailblazers training program supports the entry and success of women in jobs that are in high demand, and it is taught by N.C.C.E.R.-certified female instructors and Vermont tradespeople, covering basic construction, electrical, plumbing, and solar skills. Among the organization's other programs is Women Can Do, a one-day career immersion experience for high school girls and gender non-conforming youth.
Coming in at #3 is Tech Savvy Women, which is a global community of women that come together to learn, share, and advance their journey in technology and related industries. Since its inception in 2008, the organization has hosted hundreds of events for professionals in various fields, and it facilitates recruiting and retention sessions for organizational leaders.
Its Together We Seek Retreats are gatherings that allow professionals to come together to explore, experience, and connect through a wide range of activities, storytelling, and meaningful conversations. The Women in STEM video series on the organization's YouTube channel inspires, motivates, and helps individuals in tech, science, engineering, math, and other fields achieve their career, business, and personal goals.
Next up, at #4, we have Corporette. Founded by Kat Griffin in 2008, this blog offers fashion and career advice for lawyers, bankers, MBAs, consultants, and other professional women. Its articles range from guides on appropriate work outfits, what tops to wear under suits, and how to best present oneself in an interview.
The site features various newsletters for a wide variety of needs, including ones that notify readers about content for those who are looking for plus-size workwear or new professional outfit ideas. In 2014, Griffin also created CorporetteMoms, which covers issues faced by working mothers and provides various tips, such as how to work through one's first trimester of pregnancy.
Finally, at #5, we have WORK180. Recognizing the common barriers women face when looking for work, this job site pre-screens employers against a set of criteria, including pay equity, flexible working, women in leadership, and paid parental leave. It provides free career guides and resources, ensuring that members are up-to-date with the latest tips to stand out as job seekers.
The WORK180 Flex Able Certification helps employers become easily identifiable to those looking for flexible and inclusive working arrangements. The organization also offers consultancy services to help companies identify and remove the barriers preventing women from thriving in their workplace.