Hey Ladies, Let’s Talk About Your “Favorite Female Positions”

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And by “favorite female positions” we don’t mean in the bedroom. For that you’re gonna have to head to Cosmo Magazine.

We’are all about the positions female like to be in in the workplace. In a time when women in leadership is more crucial than ever, it’s important to us to share stories of success and women who are trailblazers.

Back in October 2012 reality star turned designer Lauren Conrad made an appearance on the ‘Sway In the Morning’ radio show. She was asked about her stint on MTV, her new book, and one plucky listener even had the balls to ask her what her “favorite position” was. Of course, there is no doubt in everyone’s mind they wanted a sexual answer, as the question before asked whether she had slept with any celebs.

But the answer she gave totally shut down any sexist agenda. Her response? “CEO”. Bam! Just that like that, meme’s were flying all over the internet because she gave a generation a new perspective on female empowerment.

It was like an accidental ray of hope for our gender, which has been crying out for more feminine leadership all over the world. There are plenty of initiatives to get women and girls interested in leadership roles, and the ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign is encouraging parents and teachers to nurture those traits in girls especially.

In 2013, Elle Magazine and the Center For American Progress compiled a report on how women view careers, versus men. Here were some of the results:

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There’s been a few key women helping the movement to spur more of us to pursue leadership positions. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg with her ‘Lean In’ book and movement, and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington with her book ‘Thrive’. Added to that are many initiatives for girls to get interested in STEM careers as they only currently make up 24% of these industries in the US, yet STEM careers are growing by 300% meaning there are plenty of positions to be filled by men and women alike!

Google is now offering coding lessons for girls and women. In Texas, almost half of the job vacancies require applicants to have a STEM degree, and tech companies are reportedly looking to women to fill those positions, as they are considered an “untapped resource” according to the local news in the state. Lone Star state-based organization Girlstart runs summer coding camps for teen girls to build crucial foundations early, so that they go into the job market prepared and excited.

The recent campaign by Verizon which focused on getting girls interested in STEM jobs showed that there are currently over 1 million unfilled STEM positions in the United States. And just recently, Fortune magazine released data showing that women-led companies yield better profits over a long period of time. So what are we missing here? We’ve identified the need and exposed the numbers (or lack thereof). Now we need to give girls and women better representation and show them it is possible and that these open positions belong to them just as much as they do men.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”, as Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman so eloquently put it in the ‘Miss Representation’ documentary. So we need to see that women are capable of taking up positions of leadership across the board, not just in STEM careers. Website Mic decided to take Lauren Conrad’s statement about her fave position one step further and create a post about women and their favorite positions. They showcased 23 women in a range of different industries ranging form healthcare, to television, to the non-profit sector and had them hold up signs with their job titles.

The result is a beautiful display of women who are totally owning it and empowering others to do the same. You can see all 23 women on their website, but here are a few of our favorites below.

If there is one question you should ask yourself today as you think about your future, let it be about YOUR favorite position, and where you hope to see yourself.

Bea Arthur – Founder & CEO of  Pretty Padded Room, an online therapy website for women

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Patricia Valoy – Civil engineer at STV Inc.

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Ilyse Hogue – President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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Maureen Ahmed – Board member, Turning Point for Women and Families

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Susan McPherson – Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a consultancy helping organizations create positive social change.

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