Lady Business: Scandinavian gender utopias and International Women’s Day lip-serviceLady Business
“I think I have the best life ever,” she reflects. “I do music on the side, but I don’t have to put myself and my kids through the life of a musician.”
Created in the late 1970s, lithium-ion batteries are providing energy for much more recent innovations, like smartphones, laptops, Teslas, smart homes, and green buildings. Our very way of life, not to mention our businesses, is increasingly dependent on battery power and storage with every passing recharge.
So the companies that can figure out how to boost power stand to turbocharge their own fortunes. The global lithium-ion battery market is nearing $60 billion, according to Global Market Insights, and demand for rechargeable batteries will grow as industries from personal electronics to automaking become increasingly reliant on their power.
To my surprise, Lampe-Onnerud told me, she actually found this last part of her scientist identity easier to express in the United States than in her native Sweden:
After getting her PhD in inorganic chemistry at Sweden’s Uppsala University … Lampe-Onnerud was invited to do a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT. She fell in love with both the university and the country: “What a cool environment,” she raves, calling MIT much more welcoming than the sometimes “conformist society” she left behind in Sweden: “I like dresses and I like earrings and I have longer hair than most science girls” in Sweden, “so growing up, I heard it all the time.”
So, to be cynical: Got an invite to an International Women’s Day event, with a lady CEO, hosted by a prominent business org. With one exception, that org’s previous 20 speakers were men. With no exceptions, its next 10 speakers are men. #IWD2019
— Maria Aspan (@mariaaspan) March 8, 2019
–“When she visited Fargo, N.D., in January, a sold-out crowd of nearly 4,000 women bested the previous record turnout for a chamber of commerce-hosted event, set when Shaquille O’Neal spoke there in 2017.” Semi-related to my book (we share a publisher), this is a good profile of bestselling author/lifestyle guru/marketing impresario Rachel Hollis.
–I can’t get over the lack of TV-critic coverage of Secret City, the best thriller about an ethical lady journalist out there. (Ha, because there’s so much competition for that title.) Maybe it’s the Australian setting and rather obscure-to-Americans political landscape for the show? But seriously, the six-episode second season dropped last week on Netflix and features:
–a tense, bingeable story
–a nuanced critique of American foreign policy and drone warfare in the Middle East
–an AOC-style populist lady politician who’s both brash and principled
—a story led by women soldiers and politicians and media hounds and spies, surrounded by a supporting cast of tall, gorgeous men
–and that aforementioned ethical lady journalist, played by the always-awesome Anna Torv, who spends this season navigating the other side of the revolving door while still managing to be a good person and a fearless investigator. Fingers crossed for a season three!
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