Welcome To The Jane Dough
8:00 am, December 5th | by Amy Tennery
It’s a beat with far too few subjects, all of whom we find fascinating. Don’t expect to see beauty tips here, or dating advice — and no pink. Well, maybe sometimes pink. Pink’s okay.
But primarily you will see us focusing on the often under-reported successes of female business leaders, and occasionally highlighting the subtle and, at other times overt, sexism in the business world — and the media that covers it.
Hillary Reinsberg and I loved writing and editing Mogulite – but we realized what often made our particular business news site different from many others: It was a business site written by people named Hillary and Amy. That’s not to say that there aren’t many great female business writers. But the stories that we were most excited to write (and which generated the greatest response from readers), were the ones most personal to us, as women.
How will Virginia Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, change the face of the industry? Has her being a “she” already increased the value of the company? Which women are fighting to bring more of us into the boardroom and do the methods currently in place make sense? And, for that matter, can new quota systems actually help women in the corporate world?
We can reluctantly accept that Forbes included just six women on its list of the 70 most powerful people in the world. Okay, maybe we aren’t there yet (not to mention that none of us made it on the Forbes list of the richest people in Africa). But then just six made it onto Fortune’s list of the “40 Under 40″ hottest rising stars in business? Really? Is so little progress being made for the up and comers too?
So, our name: The Jane Dough. I love it. Like some other women’s blogs (Jezebel and The Mary Sue come to mind) it owns a negative stereotype about women. Yep, “women’s work” used to be in the kitchen. That’s the joke. And yes “dough” is another word for money. We just wanted to make that crystal clear for those who, I dunno, maybe didn’t get it right off the bat? As for our tagline “The Business News We Knead?” Yeah, it’s kinda corny – but we just couldn’t resist. Who knows, maybe down the road we will shamefully change it to something even pun-ier.
Anyway, let us know what you think. The Jane Dough will be a work in progress and we definitely “knead” your help!