#blessed


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Are #blessed and #lucky just another way for women to downplay success -- or to humblebrag? Cristen and Caroline dive into why so many ladies on social media seem to feel the need to portray themselves as effortlessly perfect.

Episode Sources:

"The #luckygirl life" http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/luckygirl-hashtag-instagram/406420/?utm_source=SFFB

"#LuckyGirl is the new #humblebrag" http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/advice/a4437/lucky-girl-hashtag/

"Why luck has nothing to do with it" http://www.forbes.com/sites/lesliebradshaw/2011/11/08/why-luck-has-nothing-to-do-with-it/

"Why do women downplay their professional achievements?" http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/28/lean_in_circle_meetings_women_belittle_what_they_do_at_work.html

"Own your success: Why modesty isn't the best policy" http://www.forbes.com/sites/peggydrexler/2013/07/29/own-your-success-why-modesty-isnt-the-best-policy/

"They feel 'blessed'" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/fashion/blessed-becomes-popular-word-hashtag-social-media.html

"Research confirms that humble bragging doesn't work, it's just really annoying" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/20/humble-brag-backfires-stop-it_n_7307548.html

"How much it actually costs to look like you're not trying" http://www.elle.com/fashion/personal-style/news/a27825/not-trying-trying/

"Generation validation: Why everyone just wants to be liked" http://www.elle.com/life-love/a14618/generation-validation/

"Young women on Instagram and self-esteem: 'I absolutely feel insecure'" http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/nov/04/instagram-young-women-self-esteem-essena-oneill

"Social media's dual-edged sword: Narcissism vs. self-esteem" https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/social-media-s-dual-edged-sword-narcissism-vs-self-esteem

Academic Insights

"Study on Women's Experiences at Harvard Law School." Working Group on Student Experiences. February 2004. http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/experiences/FullReport.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: social media, women in the workplace, lean in, gender differences, career