“Celebrating Women & WISA”

Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, author, and activist, once said “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” In summary, innovation begins a dream of inspiration.

This week, in honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge and profusely thank our readership.  The WISA blog has celebrated many milestones since its inception in 2010 (34,891 total views, 53 views per day in 2013) and has served as a conduit to inspire, provoke and most importantly, connect women and men both within the higher education profession and beyond.  Thank you to all of the men and women who have shared their authenticity, their hearts and souls with the readers.  Each person’s story is tremendous gift to us all.

Today we implore you to pick up your Kindle, your iPad, Nook, or an actual book—and to read.  Discover and celebrate the greatness of being a woman.  Be inspired by stories of real, authentic women who have a story to share.  Be humbled by the road that has been paved—and the work still left to do.  This week, we empower you to pick up one of the following books (all recommendations from readers, students and professionals) and not just listen—but participate—in the celebration of the sanctity of womanhood.

First Ladies:  From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, by Betty Caroli

Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn.

Her Place at the Table:  A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, by Deborah Kolb, Judith Williamson and Carol Frohlinger

How Remarkable Women Lead, by Joanna Barsh

Lean In:  Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

My Life in Leadership, by Frances Hasselbein

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, by Condoleeza Rice

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, by Alyse Nelson

With Courage & Cloth:  Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum

Written by Herself—Autobiographies of American Women:  An Anthology, by Jill Ker Conway

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, by Linda Babcock

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey, by Maya Angelou

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