‘Always Wear A Bra’ & Tina Fey’s Other Tips For Working Women
4:30 pm, March 20th | by Meredith Lepore
The amazing Tina Fey recently sat down for the season premiere of Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton and gave a few great insights into how working women should behave. When asked “How does a woman, like you, make her way through a man’s world?” she answered:
1) “Always wear a bra. Even If you don’t feel like you need it, just have it.” Always a good tip. Even if you have the body of Kate Bosworth, bras are for work. The minute you get home or go to the farmer’s market or Coachella, take that bra off!
2) “Don’t eat diet food in front of other people. Don’t eat like a Lean Cuisine. It weakens you. Eat it privately.” Diet food does often get commented on. But then again, so does a plate of ribs.
3) “A lot of times people say you know don’t cry in the workplace but I find that if it’s genuine, if something is so frustrating you to cry that it actually often scares the shit out of people.”
Tina actually makes a really interesting point here. You should not cry everyday at work by any means, but it can actually be an effective tool once in a while. In Anne Kreamer’s new book It’s Always Personal: Emotion In The New Workplace, she looked at 700 Americans and found that women cried a lot more than men but claimed this was not viewed by others as a bad thing. Specifically, 41% of women had shed tears at work, compared with 9% of men. Both genders said the most common reason for tears was stress from home spilling over into work. “People at all levels of management had cried at work, dispelling the notion it’s career suicide,” says Anne. Another surprise was that men were more sympathetic to the idea of crying at work than women.
In the Class Day speech at Harvard Business School Sheryl Sandberg told the class of 2012 that she has cried at work and doesn’t see anything wrong with it. In her speech she said:
“I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work. And it’s been reported in the press that Sheryl Sandberg cried on Mark Zuckerberg’s shoulder, which is not exactly what happened. I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs. I try to be myself. Honest about my strengths and weaknesses and I encourage others to do the same. It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”
If Tina and Sheryl are saying this, then get me a handkerchief!