15 Career Tips From Smart Women

What are you working on these days? This week, I’d love to feature career-themed posts. To kick things off, here are 15 quotes about career from smart women…

On being confident:

“I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, ‘Is that OK?’ after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like ‘mark my words’ like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that?” — Mindy Kaling

“Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, ‘I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?’ Make statements, with your actions and your voice.” — Tina Fey

On working hard:

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” — Madeline L’Engle

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. — Tina Fey

On shaking things up:

“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” — Nora Ephron

On dealing with critics:

“My unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.” — Tina Fey

“Yes, the more successful you are—or the stronger, the more opinionated—the less you will be generally liked. All of a sudden people will think you’re too ‘braggy,’ too loud, too something. But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it.” — Jessica Valenti

On being flexible:

“I used to dream about one day being at Wimbledon. I could taste the strawberries and cream I could see myself curtseying there at center court. And I didn’t make it there, obviously, as a tennis player, but let me tell you even though I had a mic in my hand instead of a tennis racket for ESPN when I went to cover it for the first time; to me it was like ‘check! Wimbledon.’ You have to be creative in reaching your goals and I think that’s what really helped me so much in my life both professionally and personally. Just not being too rigid. Having goals and setting goals, but being flexible with them and knowing that it might not quite look like how I think it’s going to look and that’s okay.” — Robin Roberts

On letting go of perfection and being good enough:

“I think this… ‘perfectionist gene’ that too many young women have holds them back, and instead they should be really aiming for ‘good enough.’ You don’t have to be perfect. Most men never think like that. They’re just trying to figure out what’s the opening and how they can seize it. They’re not thinking about, Oh my gosh, I’m not perfect, my hair’s not perfect today, I wore the wrong shoes. No.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30…What I learned about bombing as a writer at Saturday Night is that you can’t be too worried about your ‘permanent record.’ Yes, you’re going to write some sketches that you love and are proud of forever—your golden nuggets. But you’re also going to write some real shit nuggets. And unfortunately, sometimes the shit nuggets will make it onto the air. You can’t worry about it. As long as you know the difference, you can go back to panning for gold on Monday.” — Tina Fey

On finding balance:

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That’s what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first… There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul…People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes ‘prognosis, poor.’ ” — Anna Quindlen

“To follow your life’s guidance, you may have to reassign some seemingly important things to ‘unimportant.’ If you believe that pleasing your horrible boss or having a spotless clean house is a higher priority than playing with your children or sleeping off the flu, be prepared for a long and strenuous battle against destiny.” — Martha Beck

“At the moment, our society’s notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power. But it’s time for a third metric, beyond money and power—one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder and to give back.” — Arianna Huffington

On being human:

“I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird e-mail about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn’t get the e-mail. No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.” — Lena Dunham

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

Looking forward to talking about careers this week. And I’d love to know: What’s your career field? Or if you’re in school, what are you studying?

P.S. Blogging as a career, signing emails “xo” and the wobbly path to success.

(Photo from 30 Rock. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for researching quotes.)

  1. Letting go of perfection has been the biggest difference to my way of living every since I became a mom! Yes, the bathroom counter is not perfectly clean, yes my makeup is not up to the mark, yes the salad is a bit salty but it’s okay! Progress not perfection is the only way to get anything done once you become a mother! True true true!

  2. Hey Nicely done and written. This is a great way to share knowledge, very information and unique. Great content, I had a fun time reading it. keep them coming: D

  3. I was very fun school life.I miss those days a lot.I thought that the day will be big, I will be very happy, but today I saw that it was more beautiful.Today your blog has remembered a lot of the past. Thank you so much

  4. “being confident” and “Hard work” is the best way to get success.Thanks for sharing all Tips via this article.Really good.
    Keep up doing good work.
    Love from India

  5. Erica Milsom says...

    Hello. I love this so much. Sometimes I revisit just as ‘note to self’. Mark my words, we need more of this!

  6. Ekta says...

    I absolutely love this. I have it bookmarked for a day when I am facing a work low and it just brings me back to my confident place. I like that its real and not just idealistic thoughts that are hard to follow. So, thanks for this!!!

  7. Lola says...

    I discovered this blog as of today. I’m being a bit rebellious by perusing the site all day as I’m here at work, as opposed to working. But what am I to do if I need some form of inspiration due to the shitty boss I have?

  8. awesome carrer tips for the smart woman but i believe hard working is the best way for success

  9. Life is hard no one said it’s going to be easy the only thing you can do is just suck it up and just shut up.

  10. These are fantastic interviews and loads of mantras that I want to print, stick on my wall and live by. Thanks

  11. I loved, loved, loved this post. I’m a television producer who recently decided to begin a blog in between projects. Reading these inspiring quotes really helped me to put some things into perspective. Being fearless, unapologetic about the things that bring me joy and facing failures with hope and expectation are reinforced when I read posts like this.

  12. As a female entrepreneur sometimes I feel like an outlier. These quotes were a simple reminder of all the struggles women in business face. It’s nice to not feel so alone, and to laugh too! Love Tina Fey!

  13. Very nice and useful post. This will help me in various ways in future career

  14. Joanna! I’m always late reading your posts, but always inspired. This quote from MB is so great!

    To follow your life’s guidance, you may have to reassign some seemingly important things to ‘unimportant.’ If you believe that pleasing your horrible boss or having a spotless clean house is a higher priority than playing with your children or sleeping off the flu, be prepared for a long and strenuous battle against destiny.
    —Martha Beck

    It’s been the hardest learning curve of being a working mom–reassigning some things to unimportant so that you can be really, truly present–for less people, yes, but for the most valuable people-always. Thanks for the reminder!

  15. Wow, I want to learn more about Nora Ephron after reading those quotes.

    So I work for an awesome Mom n’ Pop store, doing visual merchandising and web stuff. I really love it. My paychecks aren’t big, but I feel fulfilled and happy when I come home. I’m definitely grateful for that. My dream is to one day open up a toy store and design my own toys.

    Really, thank you for this great post :)

  16. I’m an actuary. Despite working so hard to get to where I am today, I still face ageism and sexism at work from people who are older and less-qualified. This is assuming that the people in my field who are not qualified know and respect how much it takes to become qualified.

    I will keep the “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” part of your post in mind.

    Thanks for this excellent post!

  17. This is marvelous! Thank you for sharing these quotations.

    I recently got called “bossy” at work for the first time and I would have been horrified, if not for Tina Fey and her book ‘Bossypants.’ Maybe it wasn’t intended as a compliment, but I decided to take it as one :)

  18. Well timed post! I’ve just been trying to figure out how to be more assertive and find a balance between confidence and humility in my job as an equine internal medicine specialist- it gets complicated when the residents and students are older than me!
    I disagree about the quote on perfection though- I constantly strive for perfection in my work, but accept all of the many imperfections in myself.

  19. loved loved LOVED this post. I am a recent grad – studied advertising/design/visualcomm and going through a hard time career wise currently. Thanks for gathering some inspo

  20. I left my corporate job to become a midwife, and I’m now in nursing school for that. Nothing like a new adventure, right? It was so weird to go from a male-dominated field to being surrounded almost exclusively by women every day now, but it’s really inspiring to meet women who have huge, amazing goals for themselves.

  21. GB says...

    The thoughts are helpful in so many ways and they are indeed inspirational.

    Many thanks for the sharing. I really enjoyed them!

  22. I just wanted to tell you that I really love your career-themed week! I just learned last week that I was being downsized from my organization, which is a bummer because paychecks are important, but it’s also a gift because it wasn’t a great fit for me and this was the push I needed to move on. Anyway, I’m in full-on career research mode these days, and these quotes are insightful and funny and these women are an inspiration. Thank you!

  23. This is all quite interesting for me as I’m leaving my nice, steady job of nearly 5 years to take a short term contract that see’s me leaving the UK for a short period of time. I’ll be unemployed when I come home, but I’m hoping to divide my time between trying to find a job, and writing- my actual passion. Maybe that way I’ll get to do what I love.

  24. Thank you for this post (inspiring!) and this series. I’m an economic and budget policy analyst at the White House budget office. I love my job, but sometimes I wonder if I can sustain this for the long-term.

    I could use a little sage career advice from outside the Beltway — there is some seriously skewed perspective in DC, as you might imagine.

  25. Life is meant to be lived, touched, squeezed and laughed throughout. Blessed by this post and to have stumbled upon your blog as a whole!

    I’m one of the managers at a small-business, downtown restaurant, a blogger in search of discovering gratitude in all places ( and in school for wine education. Everything I do is with the intention of being around people and hearing their stories. So looking forward to diving in a bit deeper and hearing about yours Joanna!

  26. I’m a music theorist & pianist. I’m working on a textbook, and also practicing for several upcoming performances, as well as working with students every day. Even when I have several projects going on at once, I’ve always found that I can continue to make progress as long as a spend at least fifteen minutes a day on whatever it is I want to accomplish.

  27. Thank you for these words of inspiration. It can be a scary, uncertain world out there, it’s nice to know others think so too.

  28. I’m a Graphic Design major at Pratt Institute, and reading this inspires me and encourages me to keep going, even in the midst of the art school intensity. Thank you! God bless(:

  29. Read and reread these quotes! Great finds. Saving for future inspiration!

    Heart Swell

  30. Wow, this post is so encouraging. I know it sounds weird, but there’s really no one in my life who identifies as a feminist, or even understands that women face unique challenges when pursuing a career.

    I have four semesters left before I graduate with a BAGAD: Bachelor of Arts in Game Art and Development. I am the ONLY girl that I know in the program (there are no girls in my Game Dev classes!) When I walk into a new Game Dev class, everyone turns to stare at me like, “Are you sure you’re in the right room, honey?”

    Sometimes it’s so hard not to get distracted by feeling like the elephant in the room. Despite my efforts, sometimes I catch myself being careful not to confirm any feminine cliches. I’m terrified of acting “ditsy,” and sometimes I can’t shake the feeling that everyone is secretly thinking that I’m not as good as they are because I’m a girl.

    Ironically, the best way I know how to combat those perceptions are by doing well, but my fears only shake my focus.

  31. That Anna Quindlen quote, goodness.

    My husband, three kids and I live at a boarding school (he’teaches and coaches) and I’m with my kids during the day and work part time nights as an ER nurse. I’ve been a nurse for almost 13 years now and I’ve been able to keep changing the job to “fit” my life! It’s a gift!

  32. I so, so enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing. Tina Fey is just brilliant. xo

  33. I am a Registered Nurse. I have a BS, ASN, and am currently in school to finish my BSN.

    I work full time, am a full time mother, and go to school. It’s not about perfection. It’s about balance. Take what you want, but keep it in focus.

  34. Oh this is pretty helpful, being a student, the “career topics” are something I listen to every day…u finish uni, and then what?…so it was definitely interesting to read :)

  35. I’m playing catch-up on A Cup of Jo today! But wanted to say how much I love this post. I think a lot of women unfortunately suffer from impostor syndrome, me included, it’s so difficult not to judge yourself harshly, worry too much about what you’re getting wrong and not spend enough time doing more of what you’re getting right. I’m a writer/editor for a major not-for-profit foundation. The place is full of very, very intelligent people. Although I know I’ve worked hard to get where I am, I often wonder how on earth I got there. Looking forward to more careers on CoJ. It would make a really great ‘space’ for women to support one another in their careers. Thanks Joanna!

  36. I’m a speech pathologist. Part of my job is reporting medical information – providing the facts, not the feelings, and cutting straight to the point. I need to adopt that type of language into my personal life sometimes.

    I enjoyed Hillary Clinton’s quote best. Thanks for sharing. I support a Career Week! Reading interviews of women from a variety of career fields would be very interesting!

  37. What an inspiring read! I’ve also loved looking at the comments here, and seeing what other people do for a living. Currently I’m a speech-language pathology assistant in a pediatric clinic. I am (right now!) re-applying to grad school, in the same field, and these quotes gave me such a boost of confidence. Writing a statement of purpose is a daunting task, especially since it’s my second time around. I’ve been doubting myself, and whether this is even the right career path to take. Ultimately I think this is the right job for me, but as other people have mentioned here, if it’s not, then I can change it. Thank you Joanna for the great post, and opening discussion on all careers (and not just “creative” jobs that many bloggers only focus on)!

  38. When I was trying to get up the momentum to undertake a long graduate course of study to become a nurse practitioner (I already had a bachelors degree in psychology), I would tell my friends and family that that’s what I was going to do… take those classes, apply to those schools… very matter-of-factly. Not a question. Not looking for advice. Then when it came time to putting one foot in front of the other, I would think, “Well, I’ve said it out loud, so I guess that IS what I’m going to do. So do it.” I use the same power of affirmative thinking and speech all the time- say it like you mean it, and lo and behold, you mean it!

  39. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog post, please do more!

    I’m currently finishing my dissertation for my MSc in International Business Management and needed some wise words from wise women.

    Thank you for all the inspiration you provide in my everyday life. You really show every aspect of being a woman. I also believe there is much power in showing vulnerability – just a side note.

    Have a good one!

    – Martine

  40. This was exactly what I needed- thank you for posting this topic! There were some great quotes especially for me going back to school for my degree is Speech Pathology. I can use almost all of these during this new phase in my life.

  41. I recently left my 12-year career in advertising to start completely over and learn furniture restoration. I started with an unpaid internship working in an upholstery shop. It’s been 9 months and I now have an online business with my own pieces. I earn a fraction of what I did before but I’m in love with my new life and I feel like I’ve found what I’m suppose to do. I really appreciate the Hillary Clinton quote – it’s important to enjoy life and not be so hard on ourselves. thanks, Jo!

  42. Thank you! Some of these made me tearful! I’m writing my dissertation on feminism, working mothers, and the meaning of “having it all.” So glad you are doing a career series. Looking forward to it :)

  43. This is my first time to your blog and I love this collection of quotes. I recently left Corporate America to begin my own consultancy. So many of the quotes ring true. :) Thanks!!

  44. I loved this so much!

    I’m in public relations – a field I chose because I felt like there were LOTS of options within it. I’m now at a natural history museum, and it’s been SO much more fun than I would have initially thought. In fact, because of the news segments and IMAX films I’ve been able to work on I now realize that I would love to do PR for films or morning shows.

    That’s why I think the Hilary comment really resonated with me – you don’t have to be perfect, and sometimes landing the “imperfect” job can lead to you to a perfect place (or so I’m hoping)!

    I’m excited to hear your point of view on careers!


  45. I am a rare civil engineer and mother.

  46. This post was so wonderful to read, and at the perfect moment for me, too. I’m currently an English Lit. major, Early Childhood Education minor, and I work for a supply chain journal with the business school at my university. Earlier this year all I was focused on was literature and creative writing. I decided it’s not safe to put all my eggs in one basket, so I branched out (and away) from my major and have found some new things that I would have never thought would interest me or that I would be good at. There is definitely something to be said for taking chances and stepping outside the box! Thanks for the great post :)

  47. Love this post! I love everything Tina Fey does and says! I’m a videographer and was born to make videos:) Thankful for this career path. I film my son A LOT!

  48. I just got hired at a university as the “Director of University Galleries and Community Outreach”. It’s great. But I’m still trying to figure out how to be assertive without being a jerk, friendly but a hard ass (with students), and I’m still trying to curb my exclamation point usage in my emails ;)and oh yea, I just had a baby. There is so much strategy and weirdness with academia, it’s pretty interesting if you are researching pychology!

  49. I never comment on blogs- but this post was beyond amazing. It was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much.

  50. I will never tire of these kind of posts. Thank you! xo

  51. As a recent graduate embarking upon the world of work and job searching, this post meant a lot to me! Thank you, Joanna and Caroline – I feel inspired.

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure xx

  52. excellent post!

  53. I love this post! Thank you!

    I’m an architectural designer specializing in workplace Interiors

  54. I love this! I’m a college professor, and I love it more than seems fair — I get to be a mom with a really flexible schedule, and I get to walk into a classroom and talk about things I love with really interesting people.

  55. Love this post- I’m about to graduate from two post-grad qualifications and finally (hopefully) get into the workforce. Feeling the need for some inspiration, guidance and direction!

  56. This is one of my favorite blogs, and I’m really excited to read the articles in this series! :)

    I’m a year out of college, and even though I studied psychology, I’m working at Disneyland and hoping that one day I’ll be able to design the parks as an Imagineer!

  57. I so appreciate reading about balance in life from women who I would consider so successful by the world’s standards. I work in a hospital doing imaging and there is this underlying expectation that to be a good caregiver you must always be available, always take the extra call shift, always be in the hospital. But I have found that in fact the best caregivers are those who go outside. Who take a long trip somewhere and enjoy beautiful places. Who work enough to pay the bills and support themselves, but not so much that they never enjoy the fruits of their labor. Because those are the caregivers who are able to just be with a patient when they are hurting or sick or just received that scary news about that nodule on their chest x-ray. The ones who are always at the hospital, around sick and dying people, seem to forget that there is beautiful life going on outside these brick walls, and we were made to enjoy it.
    Thank you for this series. I can identify closely with it, and I’m thankful for it.

  58. Love this post ! thank you Joanna

  59. This is an inspiring post! It helps us all gain a little perspective from some very influential women. I love it. Also, you’ve inspired me to write some posts like this on my blog. It’s good for us all to know ‘famous’ or ‘influential’ women are human too. Thanks again Joanna.

  60. I’m a graphic and webdesigner and recently gave up my 9-5 design job to make a crazy move from country, support my boyfriend in opening his own coffeebar, and giving birth to the most amazing babygirl. She is 3,5 months now, and I’m trying to juggle between her and freelancing. Even if my life is crazy right now, and miss my family so much in this moment, I couln’d be happier!

  61. I am a Master’s Level Professional Counselor (a therapist) with a couple of graduate diplomas in Christian Counseling. My work consists of integrating modern psychology with personal faith whether it be anxiety, depression or an eating disorder. Currently though, I am at home on an indefinite maternity leave after the birth of our third child 11 weeks ago. I am incredibly thankful to have this option but I struggle with finding my purpose. Ideally I would love to work from home as a consultant or writer but I am at a loss for how to start over at this point!

  62. This is all so wonderful, it gives me the chills. A billion times thank you.

  63. What an inspiring post. I work for a small environmental non-profit and I’m in charge of fundraising, marketing, and most of our written documents. I’m also a mom to three boys, ages 7, 5, and 1. I really resonated with Tina Fey’s quote about not being apologetic in your speech. I found myself doing this at work this afternoon with my co-worker and I wanted to hit myself afterwards! Definitely something to work on…

  64. I love these! I run an after school program for a non-profit and especially needed the ones dealing with people not always liking you. Great stuff!

  65. I am at a crossroads in my career as an Occupational Therapist, about to embark on the road towards a PhD in clinical ethics.

    Embarrassingly, that was hard to write in finite statements! It started out with all kinds of ‘I think’ and ‘maybe’ comments that I deleted. Sigh.

    THANK YOU for this!

  66. I decided to change the direction of my life when I was 25 and went to study Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Next year I’ll be undertaking exchange in New York, I’ve never been before and I’m so excited to see where it leads me.

    Whenever I think about all the things I can do I get butterflies. I can’t wait! The quote by Anna Quindlen made me teary…

  67. This was a great post! I am finishing up my degree in Materials Engineering and Science this year and I love the advice on being confident and not questioning yourself. I know that in my field of study it is male dominated. This can be really scary sometimes but understanding how to be confident and that “good enough” is just fine takes time and effort and eventually you become comfortable with yourself and decsions. Thanks again for the great post.

  68. I work on a political campaign. It is the most exhausting, rewarding work.

  69. All of these are so inspiring. I’m a senior at the University of Michigan studying dance. Go Blue!

  70. I love the quote by Arianna Huffington. I think it would revolutionize society if well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving back were measures of success. Instead of just functioning in the world people would be inspriing each other. I think we would all have a greater sense of purpose and lead more happy, fulfilled lives. I recently finished graduate school with a degree in counseling psychology and am in limbo land of what’s next. I am leaning towards starting something of my own and coming to terms with new, uncharted territory. Thank you for this post! It was inspiration I needed today!
    xo kate

  71. I really needed this today! I’m an office manager, administrative assistant, and internship coordinator at a non-profit in a veery rural area.

  72. I am a marriage and family therapist and am so happy to have found my niche!!

  73. Thanks for enlightening me today. These really hit home! I am a marketing executive for a manufacturing company and a stay at home mom. Its hard to juggle everything sometimes and still feel like I’m doing well with it all. I’m going to write these on post its and plaster them around the house to remind myself I’m doing alright.

  74. YES! I love this post, and am so excited for the series!!! :)

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  75. Last year at school studying mechanical engineering! I found this post a great read as I’m trudging along in the job search right now.

  76. I love this post and look forward to reading more career themed posts. I’m an attorney who “stepped back” to raise my two kids (my husband is in a high-travel/stress job and rarely home….see, there I go, feeling the need to explain! Anyway.) I 1000% agree with the perfectionist quality HRC mentioned and, unfortunately, suffer from it too. The fear of turning out something flawed (whether it be our own standards or others’ we are holding ourselves to) can be so debilitating.

  77. gah, Tina Fey, can you just give us advice all day, every day.

  78. Love this – Can’t wait to read all of these posts. I just graduated with a Studio Arts degree and am working part-time painting commissions and making art!

  79. I LOVE this post- so many inspiring words from fantastic women. Thank you for gathering them together. Just what I needed to read today. I am currently a stay at home mom of an infant with an English degree and a former Court Judicial Assistant:)

  80. Looking forward to these posts!
    I’m a pediatric emergency medicine physician and also do research and advocacy around the issue of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.
    Love the HIllary Clinton quote about being good enough. There’s a group of girls I work with who pass the Good Enough Award to someone in our group each time we meet. Each person adds a bit (e.g. a 3rd-place ribbon, a monkey on the cheerleader’s back) to the trophy before they award it to the next person. It’s such an important thing to remember – your good enough is truly good enough. Forget perfect.

  81. I LOVE THIS. This month I took on a new, inflated role in my office with a lot more responsibility than you would think a 23 year old should have! (I’m a scheduler for a member of Congress.) As the only woman in the office and the youngest staffer, so many of these quotes resonated with me. I have been struggling with finding my voice in the office – how to get the guys to respect and include me as a peer; how to honor the hierarchy without letting it control me; and how to have confidence in my abilities. You’ve given me a lot to think about. Thank you :)

  82. I’m a designer and illustrator. I mostly design for animated television shows. The last show I worked on was one of my 5 year old daughter’s favorites, so that was pretty cool for us both :)

  83. What great, inspiring quotes! I was just at a training session tonight re: empowering young girls to be who they want to be and defying the ‘gender socialism’ of being female (i.e., speaking your mind, being brave, bold, etc.) and these quotes were so relevant.

    I’m an auditor working in a predominantly male industry, so it’s tough at times. But I think of the opportunities I have to show my male counterparts that my skills, talent, and characteristics are equal (if not greater!) than the men outweigh that aspect.

  84. A big part of my decision to attend a women’s college was to be surrounded by empowered women who are passionate what they do. My freshman year of college has been going pretty well so far, and posts like this always get me fired up! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  85. I love that you’re doing career week :) I’m slowly moving my career into design and styling, and I couslnt be happier. Even though I’m making pennies right now, it feels amazing to take my creativity, which I’ve been told is just a meaningless side hobby, and make real, meaningful work out of it. I’m learning how vital it is to acknowledge what we are given and have the courage to use it.

  86. I am the Chief of Staff for a national progressive political action committee, Democracy for America. It’s challenging and fun, and I work with an amazing team to make a difference for our country every day. I’m also extremely grateful to be working with flexible, understanding co-workers, who’ve got each others’ backs when we need to care for our families and ourselves. I feel very very lucky.

  87. Loved reading all these inspiring quotes after a long day at work :) I am a teacher, currently working in First Grade and loving it!

  88. This makes me feel empowered! Thank you for compiling these.

  89. Hi there! I’m excited about career blogs this week. I’m a therapist/advocate for women affected by domestic violence. I’m also a mom and wife. I’m a fan of strong, smart women and I’m excited to read more this week…

    Thanks from Dallas!

  90. I love these, much needed as I sit here, not tucking in my toddler because I’m simultaneously attending masters classes (online) and doing work (special ed inclusion teacher). One step at at time!

  91. I’m an Architect by training, currently working at a supermarket part time and looking after my two kids the rest of the time.
    I truly miss extending my brain, and have realised how vain I must be since I am embarrassed about my lowly job. BUT, there is no work for part time Architects where I live, it pays some bills, and it allows some time with my girls, so I have to remember those things each day I turn up to work.