Welcome to our campaign page! We are the team behind The Daily Muse, a community of smart, confident women supported by career-focused content, job opportunities and professional development. Our goal: to inspire and support these women as they dream big and achieve their goals. We want to offer insightful articles and career advice written just for them, that fills the void between The New York Times and Glamour.
We currently offer sharp, authoritative content and multiple newsletters to our readers, but want to do much more. Help us reach 50,000 women, develop into a thriving network, and bring high quality professional development courses and job
opportunities to the educated, ambitious
women of our generation.
Founders Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos, and Melissa McCreery met in their first job out of college at a management consulting firm. There they learned the ins and outs of the business world, but also found that a lot of what work was about wasn't taught in school: should you be negotiating your first salary? If so, how do you do so without offending your first employer? What happens if you want to change careers? How can you speak with confidence the first time you're put in front of a room of executives? How do you balance your job and your personal life (or your checkbook...)?
After joining forces on another venture, Kathryn, Alex, and Melissa knew that they wanted to work together to help young professional women like themselves. They assembled a top-notch team of editors, writers, business minds, social media ninjas, talented illustrators, marketing gurus, and event whizzes (yup, the whole nine yards), and The Daily Muse was born.
Now, with a strong community of contributing writers from around the world, The Daily Muse provides multiple perspectives on job search, career, education and grad school and entrepreneurship. We also cover the non-work side of life, from health and personal finance to workplace fashion and traveling. A powerhouse collection of established bloggers and industry experts have joined us as regular columnists, sharing their insight and bringing years of collective expertise to the team.
Now that our site is live, we have two goals for which we need your help:
- Reach 50,000 young women through campus outreach, events, advertising, and word of mouth.
- Develop and launch 4 online training courses tailored to the needs of our readers, to help them achieve those big milestones that seem so daunting to take on alone.
- Your input will help define the topics; early suggestions have included "pre-job search preparation," "a guide / companion to the first 30-days of your new job" and "how to do your taxes for the first time," but the possibilities are endless!
We appreciate every contribution, no matter how small, and sincerely thank you for your support.
There’s a movement coming. You can’t find it in Cosmopolitan or the latest issue of US Weekly. You may not notice it in GQ or Esquire. But look a little closer to home—at your sister, your girlfriends, or your colleagues—and you’ll see a massive cultural shift underway: the rise of the smart, confident young professional woman.
The movement has its trailblazers—Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, Oprah and Diane Von Furstenberg among others. But its strength, increasingly, is coming from the masses: from thousands upon thousands of ambitious women entering the workforce and finding that, as a culture, we haven’t quite caught up. And we've been there too: being a young woman navigating the professional world for the first time isn't easy. Although as a culture, we’ve left behind the antagonistic, us-versus-them mentality of the women's movement of the 70s and 80s, we’ve found the modern refrain that “men and women should be indistinct in the workplace” rings hollow, too. Call it nature or nuture, there are differences in how men and women approach professional conduct, and facing these issues head-on will make us all more equipped to succeed.
That’s why we talk about Working with a Boss of a Different Gender or How to Avoid Crying in the Workplace. As a culture, we are still trying to create and define the practical version of our mothers’ feminism, turning their chorus of “Yes We Can” into tangible increases in women holding leadership positions and the realization that success is no longer a zero sum game.
So—welcome to a newly flexible feminism. Welcome to a movement and a space that will define what it means to be a young, intelligent woman in the 21st century. Welcome to the movement. And welcome to The Daily Muse.
(from The Daily Muse manifesto, originally published on The Huffington Post)
What We Need & What You Get
Our initial campaign goal of $10,000 will provide the extra "boost" we need to expand our reach through:
- informational socials and workshops
- networking events
- advertising placements
- promotional campus visits
- work with educational specialists in key areas
- commission the creation of supplemental multimedia
- connect with our target audience to best address the areas where guidance is needed
Other Ways You Can Help
Let us count the ways!
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