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Not Your Mother’s: New Year’s Resolutions for Everywoman

Not Your Mother’s:  New Year’s Resolutions for Everywoman

According to Psychology Today, the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, manage debt and save money  – all worthy endeavors. But experts say that more than 75 percent of all people fail at meeting their goals.

 

So why not scrap the traditional resolutions altogether? Instead, resolve to help improve the lives of women. Here are five resolutions you can make to help others.

 

  1. Support women candidates. Women bring a unique perspective and much-needed diversity to public office. Plus, recent studies show women politicians bring more money back to their districts than men do. But women with political ambition don’t always have access to the same resources men have. So  lose the phrase, “I want to support a woman candidate but….,” and back her if she’s qualified and supports women’s rights.
  2. Learn to negotiate. Women still earn less than men for comparable work. There are many factors that contribute to this inequity including plain, old sexism. Help mitigate these factors by learning to advocate for fair pay. With strong negotiation skills, you can at least ask for fair equitable compensation. With more women on the payroll then men, and more women supporting their families, equal pay is not just an individual issue, it’s an economic one.
  3. Vote with your wallet. Women control more than 85 percent of all consumer purchases so use your power for good not evil. Make informed decisions about the products you buy and the companies with which you do business. Know where they stand on human rights, fair trade and environmental practices and send a message with every dollar you spend.
  4. Hone your typing skills. Women occupy only 22 percent of all leadership positions in journalism, according to the Whitehouse Report. As a result, women are often underrepresented or misrepresented in the mainstream media. But women are well represented in social media. Why not join them in 2010? Log on and blog, tweet, send a letter to the editor. Don’t let sexism go unchecked or women’s stories go unwritten.
  5. Consider microloans. Financial loans can make a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Just a small donation can help a woman by raw materials or equipment for her business. Studies show that women use the profits from their businesses to pay for education and healthcare and that repayment rates run between 95 and 98 percent. Care2 makes loaning money simple through its Butterfly Rewards program.

 

Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

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12:46PM PST on Jan 3, 2010

Resolutions? no. I live my life everyday so everyday is a new begining. As a lover I give the best that is in my heart to the ones near me. I pray every night or as I say i talk with the Creator. Mistakes .... ? of course that I make but I stay positive. Honestly .......if we are lucky and have the chance to give , please do it. You can give a smile and it doesn't cost anything. Thanks and the best for all this year coming.

6:27AM PST on Jan 3, 2010

Mine is to take care of my body so I can be around for a long time to watch my lil girl grow up. Bettering myself by finishing my education then going to college. Doing what I can for my fellow person (usually man but ya know what I mean lol) and doing my part in taking care of Earth for with out it we wont be here.

11:36PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

I'd like to add, supporting abused women.

Also, caring for the environment, as it is poor women who suffer first from climate disruption.

2:41PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

Sounds good.

1:53PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

Interesting article; thanks.

12:24PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

All good suggestions, but please don't discourage quitting smoking as a New Years resolution. Tobacco kills a whole bunch of people every year, and we should actively support anyone's decision to quit, whenever they make that decision.

12:09PM PST on Jan 2, 2010

This is very insightful, thank you for sharing!

10:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2010

Omit negative thoughts that want to control my life. Live for the moment I have in front of me (pay attention to what I'm doing right now, & keep it positive). It's my choice how I show up in every moment, I can always find a "higher", for the highest good in anything that "shows up".

7:22AM PST on Jan 2, 2010

some very good suggestions thankyou.

5:23AM PST on Jan 2, 2010

i'm trying to save up my butterfly rewards to give a microloan : )

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