Fire & brimstone level fear

Michelle Morkert burnout, censorship, coaching, confidence, courage, decisions, education, feminism, feminist coaching, feminist revolution, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, imposter syndrome, Michelle Morkert Coaching, misogyny, revolution, self-care, self-censorship, self-doubt, sexism, white supremacy culture

I used to feel ashamed about so many aspects of my life that I forgot myself and started to seek approval for my hobbies, clothing preferences, research and parenting. I forgot that it was an option to decide for myself. Over time, I slowly hid the qualities that made me uniquely me. They weren’t gone though. They were just muted. …

I learned to be the “best” student

Michelle Morkert education, Michelle Morkert Coaching

This isn’t about your grades or your GPA. What I mean is that I learned to be the “best” student so that I could survive. I learned to be the “best” student so that I could gain credentials that meant something in the world. I learned to be the “best” student so that I could secure and keep a job …

#UWNT & Equal Pay!

Michelle Morkert education, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, pay equity, wage gap

Did you watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win 2-0 over The Netherlands in the World Cup Final last week?  If not, you probably saw some coverage of their victory. How could you miss it, right?    After the championship match ended, the stadium vibrated with chants of “Equal Pay!  Equal Pay!” – a resounding show of support for the female players’ legal …

What’s possible?

admin deforestation, education, elections, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, politics, sexual violence

Change starts with noticing what’s happening and then wondering what’s possible.   Think of any “successful” civil rights movement around the world.  Thinking might have started out as a reaction against injustice shifted somewhere along the way to wondering, “what’s next?”  “What’s possible?” The U.S. suffrage movement experimented with different approaches to female suffrage – state by state or a constitutional amendment? Kenyan …

Something in the Water

Something in the Water

Michelle Morkert burnout, education, feminism, gender norms, gender roles, pay equity, second generation, workplace

According the Harvard Business Review, this is how women described gender discrimination in the workplace – it’s like “something in the water.”  It’s rarely overt, but it’s there.  The examples could be considered inconsequential yet nagging.  However, add up those examples (ok, dear?) and one generates a profile of second-generation gender bias. HBR defines second-generation gender bias as ” embedded …

Curiosity killed the cat, but. . .

Michelle Morkert burnout, education, gender, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.”  That’s the saying, right?  I’m not sure what to make of the sentiment when we add the rejoinder.  Perhaps it has something to do with the mythical nine lives of cats.  They take risks because they can.  Maybe…  As a human without the benefits of nine lives and an admiration for …

“Be who you are.”

Michelle Morkert education, feminism, gender, healthy living, imposter syndrome

When I was a doctoral student, my mentor gave a group of us this advice.  We were about to give conference presentations at a predominantly masculinized event and felt the pressure of academic conformity looming.  “Be who you are” she told us.  Wherever you are.  Be who you are.  I’ve taken this advice to heart for the past 18 years. …