I love when women empower other women. It’s great, no? When women stand up for and support each other through the crazy path called life, it makes everything that much simpler. I’m thinking of starting a new series of posts called “Women Who Rule” that will go up every other Wednesday. Is this something something you all, my lovely readers, would be interested in?
It would go a little something like this:
“I think that women’s lives are multilayered. I have no problem understanding that women are interested in mascara and the Middle East. Men are allowed to talk about sports relentlessly and yet we still take them seriously. I don’t understand why women can’t talk about fashion, or sex, or love, or wanting more money and not be taken as seriously as men.” (2014 NPR interview)
I had the opportunity to see Joanna speak to over 2,000 women looking for life, love, and career advice at Cosmo’s Fun, Fearless Life Conference at the David H. Koch Theater in NYC about a month ago. She MC’d the event and was interviewed about her career thus far on the last day. To say that she’s an inspiration would be an understatement.
Joanna has re-revolutionized Cosmo as the magazine that lets women care about “mascara and the Middle East.” She’s spearheaded several critically-acclaimed, attention-grabbing, and sometimes controversial features on topics ranging from birth control to female veterans to an investigation into unfair wages of NFL cheerleaders to the hot-button issue of living on a minimum wage.
Sure, Cosmo is still pretty well-known for its sex tips (and is even venturing into sex tips for all females), but Joanna has been instrumental in legitimizing its coverage of national and world news and politics, and lessening its fluff-pieces. She’s added the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Alexa von Tobel, and Megyn Kelly to the ranks as contributors to the magazine and sponsored events. She’s letting women know that it’s ok to talk about current events like fracking and the NSA while gawking over that cute new pair of Michael Kors heels.
Joanna is a woman who rules because she not only cares about achieving her ultimate best, but she wants to make sure those around her (and those who look up to her) achieve the same success. Just be you and do your best, ladies.