How She Does It is a lifestyle and career blog that celebrates the many different ways that women work. Our mission is to empower and inspire women to work as they live: joyfully, and on purpose. We publish relatable articles that touch on all facets of our careers, from navigating workplace conflicts, to crafting stellar resumes, to championing the many ways real women have overcome professional challenges and seized opportunities.
According to a 2016 study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company*, women remain underrepresented at every level of corporate America and are consistently less likely than their male counterparts to receive promotions or fulfill managerial roles. The data belies a disappointing reality: there is a dialogue about the role of women in the marketplace, a limiting and judgmental dialogue that suggests that there is only one path to success. Inherent in this dialogue is the belief that for women, professional accomplishments inevitably demand a sacrifice of other values, that upward mobility is the only way to advance in the workplace, and that career and family life will forever conflict.
How She Does It interrupts this dialogue. We refuse to adopt the binary beliefs that studies would suggest society has made into absolute truths. More importantly, we recognize that no matter how hard we try to separate them, our work lives and our personal lives are inextricably bound. We cannot strive for professional success while neglecting the spiritual, emotional, and relational parts of ourselves. Truly, being a successful professional is about being a whole person. And at times, being a whole person means that balance is elusive and life is chaotic. It necessitates acceptance that we simply cannot do it all, and that is okay. It demands that we view challenges as opportunities and failure as an invitation to self transformation. It forces us to accept that being a feminist or #girlboss does not mean we have to be exactly like our male colleagues, but rather, to champion the unique gifts women bring to the marketplace. But most importantly, it requires us to suspend judgment of ourselves and others, accepting that leading a fulfilling, integrated life will look different for each woman.
Ultimately, the common thread binding all of us across our mosaic of differing backgrounds, industries, stories, and career paths is that we believe wholeheartedly in the value of being a whole person. We believe that success begins with knowing ourselves, knowing what fundamental values drive us, and above all, what we are uniquely positioned to bring to the workplace and the world.
Hi friends. I’m Alex Davis, a lawyer, a Yankee-born Southern girl, and a believer that all things are possible with hard work, grit, and strong coffee. I started How She Does It as a platform for women to share their stories about how they do it – from chasing the ever-elusive “balance,” to excelling in their fields, to forging paths that allow other women to boldly interject their voices and talents into the workplace.
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina where I can be found perusing vintage furniture stores, exploring our neighborhood’s Greenway trails, or hanging out on my front porch with my husband.
*How She Does It is not affiliated with the organizations that conducted this study. All views are my own.