Dorothy and Gloria – 40+ years later….

Gloria and Dorothy 1971 © Dan Wynn - Carla Franklin website

Photo by Dan Wynn, 1971

Gloria and Dorothy 2014 © Dan Bagan - Carla Franklin website

Photo by Dan Bagan, 2014

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Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a feminist, child-welfare advocate, African-American activist, public speaker, author, pioneering African-American small business owner, and mother of three daughters. She was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine in 1971. She organized the first shelter for battered women in New York City and co-founded the New York City Agency for Child Development (now the New York City Administration for Children’s Services). Hughes also co-founded with Gloria Steinem and others the Women’s Action Alliance in 1971. The two women toured together speaking about gender, class and race throughout the 1970s.

Hughes was born 1938 in Lumpkin, Georgia. Her father was beaten when she was ten years old and left for dead on the family’s doorstep, the family believes it to be a crime committed by Ku Klux Klan members. Hughes decided as a child in reaction to her family’s experiences she would devote her life to improving the circumstances of people through activism.

As an adult, she became an activist in an attempt to stop abuse and violence from happening to other people. Pitman Hughes moved from Georgia to New York City in 1957 where she worked in entertainment as a singer through the 1960s. She began her activism by raising bail money for civil rights protesters. She was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine in 1971. She organized the first shelter for battered women in New York City and co-founded the New York City Agency for Child Development pioneering child-care noting “too many women were being forced to leave their children home alone while they worked to feed their families”. Hughes also co-founded with Gloria Steinem the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, in 1971. The two women toured together speaking about race, class and gender throughout the 1970s. (Wikipedia)

Sitting in the (NCWIT) Red Chair celebrating Women in Tech

Carla Franklin sitting in the NCWIT Red Chair

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’d like to remind you that I am a Tech babe for life!  For years I honed my skills as a programmer (certified by Java and Oracle) while employed by some of the best companies in the world. My apps were stellar (if I do say so myself) and clients were always happy.  However, as a young programmer, I’d look around and see very few female programmers, and even fewer people of color venturing into the world of technology.  Today, I’m so excited to be co-developing some really exciting initiatives to improve the pipeline of women and underserved minorities in technology. More to come on my technology initiatives in future posts….

Carla Franklin sitting in the NCWIT Red Chair

Carla Franklin sitting in the NCWIT Red Chair

The red chair in the photo above is part of the NCWIT Red Chair campaign to support and improve opportunities for Women in Technology.  Current data on the issue shows that NCWIT’s campaign is urgently needed.  Consider the following data published by the University of Buffalo in February, 2014:

  • Women make up nearly half of the workforce, yet they held only one quarter of all technology and computing jobs in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • In 2008, women earned more than half — 57 percent — of all bachelor’s degrees, but only 18 percent of the degrees awarded in computer and information science, down from 37 percent in 1985, the National Center for Women & Information Technology reported in its “By the Numbers 2009.”
  • According to a study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 74 percent of women in technology report “loving their work,” yet 56 percent leave their careers at the “mid-level” point — more than double the quit rate for men. And they’re leaving not because of family obligations, but because they’re dissatisfied with their jobs.
  • Only 10 percent of corporate officer positions and 11 percent of board of directors’ positions at Fortune 500 technology companies were held by women, according to the 2008 census of corporate officers and top earners of Fortune 500 companies by Catalyst, a nonprofit devoted to expanding opportunities for women and business.

I hope that more women (and men) join me in this red chair.

‘The Goonies II’ Is Coming: Steven Spielberg Writing The Story

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Carla Franklin:

Fellow 80 kids…how do you feel about this? Goonies was a CLASSIC movie and one of my favorites. I’d only like to see a sequel if its done well.

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

‘Goonies’ fans, it’s your lucky day! It looks like the classic movie’s sequel is really happening and will be written by none other than Steven Spielberg — rejoice!

Fans of the 1985 cult classic, The Goonies, have been waiting for a sequel for almost 30 years, and after TMZ cornered the film’s director, Richard Donner, it looks like their dreams may finally be coming true — a follow-up to the kids adventure flick is apparently on the way with a story by none other than the original film’s executive producer, the genius of Hollywood, Steven Spielberg.

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My 2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: Feminism 2.0

Carla Franklin - SXSW InteractiveSpecial thanks to the SXSW committee, and to Megan Simpson for writing such an amazing SXSW Spotlight Post about me and my SXSW Interactive panel, Feminism 2.0: Technology and Women’s Empowerment.  Read more below….

“Former Java programmer and cybercrimes advocate, Carla Franklin, is a woman on a mission. Immensely passionate about technology and social media, she believes it holds great power to transform and empower women globally. On Monday, March 10th, she’ll host a panel at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival titled, “Feminism 2.0 – Technology and Women’s Empowerment.”

 

SXSW: Tell us more about Feminism 2.0.
Franklin: The feminist movement entered a new era with the emergence of the internet and social media. Key advances in software development and mobile innovation allow women to better balance work and life, further career goals and boost advocacy initiatives. Feminism 2.0 is the evolution of the feminist movement in this high-tech age. By empowering women through digital innovation, feminism today continues to improve opportunities for women worldwide through technology….click here for the full SXSW Spotlight interview.

Bridging the digital divide in underserved communities: NY Social Media Week program

Social Media Week NY - Carla Franklin

A few weeks ago I organized a New York Social Media Week event that focused on bridging the gap between the tech industry and underserved minority communities. Entitled, Hood to Hipster: Silicon Alley’s Impact on NYC’s Underserved Communities, the two-part program focused on improving opportunities for women and minority tech entrepreneurs, and the importance of integrating technology in to community development activities in underserved areas of NYC. I was honored to have some amazing speakers and participants take part in this program. Special thanks to every who helped me make this event possible.

For more information, please visit the NY Social Media Week event listing at: http://socialmediaweek.org/newyork/events/?id=137229

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Event Title: Hood to Hipster: Silicon Alley’s Impact on NYC’s Underserved Communities

Part 1: Improving the pipeline of Women and Minorities in Tech [Tech-entrepreneur business pitch showcase and panel discussion]

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Judges:
    • Meredith Blount — Associate, Cooley, LLC
    • Alexandra Lutz — Vice President, Global Business Strategy, Huge, Inc
    • Mike Germano – CEO/co-founder at Carrot Creative + Chief Digital Officer at VICE
    • Steve Whittier – Group Creative Director at Big Fuel
    • Carla Franklin — President, Carlin Solutions, LLC (moderator)

Part 2: Bridging the Technological Divide in New York through Community Development [Roundtable]

  • Speakers:
    • Majora Carter — CEO, StartUp Box #SouthBronx
    • Mike Germano – CEO/co-founder at Carrot Creative + Chief Digital Officer at VICE
    • Evan Hines – Acting-Commissioner/Citywide CIO , NYC Department of IT and Telecommunications
    • Kyle Kimball — President, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
    • Kai D. Feder, Dir., Capital Budget & Economic Development, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
    • Eric Adams — Brooklyn Borough President
    • Carla Franklin — President, Carlin Solutions, LLC (moderator)

Remembering the March on Washington, 50 years later

Growing up in a region of the south that was part of the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement, I’ve always felt a certain connection to the past fight Jim Crow.  The high school that I attended was officially desegregated only 6 years prior to my birth.  As a child, I frequently visited the famous Woolworth’s store where four young male students from North Carolina A&T State University participated in the first sit-in, before it closed in the early 1990s.  My father and uncles were born in the “black hospital” that provided health and medial services to African Americans in central North Carolina, at a time when they had no other option.  I am a child of the Civil Rights Movement and part of Martin Luther King’s dream.

March on Washington - 1963 - Carla Franklin

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, a critical milestone in the movement for racial equality in America.  The 1963 March on Washington was one of the largest of its time, bringing together people of all races and ages in a fight to end racial apartheid in the United States.  Today, I will remember those who fought and sacrificed for my right to live as an equal member of American society.

Flash Flashback: Take on me

 

Remember when MTV used play music videos? Before Reality TV…before autotunes…back when artists could actually sing and play instruments.  If you do, you’re probably an 80s kid like me.  This video by A-ha, reminds me that time in the 80s.  Who didn’t love “Take On Me”?  Such a beautiful story line too….Boy falls in love with a girl from another dimensions, and does everything be with her.

Techno Fashionista: DIY, At-Home gel manicure kits – worth the investment

Six weeks ago I ordered an “at home” gel manicure kit from one of my favorite online flash sale sites.  I am a do-it-yourselfer, so this was right up my ally.  When my new Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit arrived in the mail, I was totally excited.   As a huge fan of gel manicures and pedicures, I frequently dole out $70 – $80 per visit for the beautiful, glossy gel effect that lasts 2-3 weeks without chipping like regular polish.   When I saw the Red Carpet Pro Kit listed on GiltGroup.com, I thought, “why not try it”.  It will pay for itself in 2-3 uses.

Carla Franklin - Gel Manicure set

The kit was really easy to use came with a classic red polish.  I purchased additional colors and fell in love with a Coral color that accentuated my brown skin so well.  Just like the salon, I exposed my nails to the UV light dome between coats, which allowed the gel to dry instantly.  The top coat sealed the color in and gave my nails a great glossy/wet look that lasted 2.5 week.

Carla Franklin - Gel nails

I highly recommend at home, DIY gel manicure kits.  They are easy, cost effective and fun. Red Carpet Manicure sells great starter kits, but I’m sure there are other great brands also.  Additional gel colors can be purchased at Ulta.com or Target.com for roughly the same price as regular polish.