I'm a huge bibliophile. A self-admitted book nerd. I read a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. I read so much most years I couldn't even tell you half the books I've read. So this year, I'm going to try something different and list all my books in one place.
Here's what I've read in 2017:
January - 7 Books
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom by Keltie Colleen
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Drinking & Tweeting by Brandi Glanville
Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera
February - 5 Books
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrik
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jamie Primak Sullivan
The Regulars by Georgia Clark
Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar
March - 3 Books
Where Am I Now by Mara Wilson
Tony & Susan by Austin Wright
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
April - 3 Books
Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
May - 3 Books
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond
Beartown: a novel by Fredrick Backman
June - 2 Books
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Garlic and Sapphires: The secret life of a critic in disguise by Ruth Reichl
July - 5 Books
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
How to Be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin
August - 4 Books
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Alexandra Wentworth
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
September - 2 Books
According to a Source by Abby Stern
The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
October - 3 Books
You House is on Fire, All Your Children Are Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
Come Closer by Sara Gran
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
November - 3 Books
Always A Bridesmaid (For Hire) by Jen Glantz
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
December - 1 Book
Lucky Charming by Kate Chastain
Why do some women criticize and block other women at every turn?
We'll start with a quick story that inspired this blog...I was recently named Women in Consumer Technology's 2018 Woman to Watch (YEAH, GO ME!), an honor that both thrilled and excited me. My euphoria was almost immediately crashed when I heard through the grapevine, from multiple sources, that another woman was bashing me to industry associates saying "Megan's part of a group of girls that all just nominate each other for awards and that's how they win awards."
My immediate reaction was not one of anger, but one of sorrow. I'm sorry that this woman doesn't have any awesome group of women supporting her and building her up.
Do I have an awesome lady gang in the AV industry? ABSOLUTELY.
Do I nominate other women for industry awards? HECK YES. But do you know why I do it? Not because they're woman or they're my friends—I do it because they deserve it. And *spoileralert* if they weren't worthy, they wouldn't be winning.
I've been in this industry for almost a dozen years, and I've met a plethora of women willing to help build me up in all ways. They've been there to strategize on the latest marketing techniques, work together on making our industry associations stronger, talk me through countless career hurdles, and even to share personal stories of heartbreak and triumph outside the office.
Now that I'm a little older, and a little wiser, I've had the privilege of being a mentor to younger women just beginning their AV careers. Getting a little corny, if they can believe it, they can achieve it, and I'm there to help them achieve it, not to take credit for them, or tear them down.
I guess what I'm saying is this: there's room for all of us at the top; let's build each other up instead of tearing each other down. We're in a male-dominated industry—we don't need discord and separations, we need to band together.
Next time you're angry about the accomplishments of another woman, turn that frown upside down, and be genuinely happy for them. Give her a call, text, e-mail, and tell her how amazing she is. Share her wins on your social. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
P.S. If you haven't cultivated your own awesome girl gang, join one of the many industry groups that have formed. You'll meet some cool people who are happy to have you in their circle.
AVIXA Women's Council
Women in Consumer Technology
Women of Digital Signage
Women of the Channel
P.P.S. Men are always welcome to join and support these groups!
Megan A. Dutta