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SPR 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 11 ISTOCKPHOTO Dear DW, I am 30 but look younger. I work in a large firm and colleagues ask me how old I am, or assume I am an intern. Worse, I find that I am given assignments that are not commensurate with my experi- ence and skill set. How do you suggest I handle this? Signed, Take Me Seriously Dear Take Me Seriously, is is a situation that frustrates many younger workers. Although a multigen- erational workforce brings value to an or- ganization, some people do not yet fully appreciate this. ey can feel threatened. Interactions become unproductive. Try a practical approach, says Oneida Blagg, executive officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Pierce College. "Network to find someone you trust, who has absolutely no connection to your The Other Age Discrimination Upfront > H ollywood has a long history of films with power- ful female characters in the world of work, from Rosalind Rus- sell as intrepid reporter Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday, to Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill in Working Girl, to Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane in the 2016 thriller Miss Sloane. (And if you consider "Amazon Warrior" a job title, we can include Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman this past summer!) In recent years, women have been featured as protagonists in the work- place, especially in juicy and complex television series. organization, but who under- stands your industry. Tell them about the conversations that have taken place at work, how you have responded, and ask for feedback. ey can probably even help you re- hearse how to speak with authority." Next, schedule a sit- down with your super- visor and anyone else who gives you assignments. Explain your eagerness and qualifications for taking on more assignments with greater responsibility. Make sure to emphasize your experience. When colleagues ask your age, unfortunately there's not much you can do but smile and decide if you want to tell them or deflect the question. Most people are probably well meaning. Finally, be sure to check your own biases and don't assume victimhood. Focus on things you can control. Consider how you present yourself vis-à-vis the company's culture. If most women wear conserva- tive clothing and you wear sleeveless short dresses, that may add to the per- ception. You may be within your rights to dress as you do, but be aware that may contribute to the perception you are too green to handle certain assignments. Here are some of DW's favorite female badasses (with a heart of gold, most of the time). CHRISTINE BARANSKI as corporate attorney Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife VIOLA DAVIS as defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder CLAIRE FOY as the indomitable Queen Elizabeth in The Crown TARAJI P. HENSON as Cookie Lyon, the mogul in Empire JULIANNA MARGULIES as Alicia Florrick, the master litigator in The Good Wife TRACEE ELLIS ROSS as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish KERRY WASHINGTON as crisis-management guru Olivia Pope on Scandal ROBIN WRIGHT as Claire Underwood (ruthless wife and behind-the-scenes political operative-cum-presi- dent) in House of Cards Sense a pattern here? Most of these characters are at- torneys, politicians, or political operatives. Hollywood, how about a film or TV series about a female CEO or chief diversity officer? Female Workplace Badasses DW Hot List The Office Viola Davis, who stars in How to Get Away with Murder.

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