The Sleep Deficit and How to Overcome It

As women, we hear the ever-present messaging to “lean in” to our careers. We’re applauded for our late nights at the office and wear busy-ness as a badge of honor among our peers. Even with the desire for more work-life balance, we find that the other voices in our world can be louder and more pervasive: “Lean in.” “Work hard, play hard.” “The early bird gets the worm.” One of the ways that we suffer most is in our sleep. Globally, we are experiencing a growing sleep deficit and there are several indicators that sleep deficit has a greater impact on women than men.

Women spend more time sleeping than men on every day of the week, according to a 2014 study by Sleep Cycle, but that that doesn’t mean women are getting the right type of sleep. People in the United States experience some of the worst sleep quality worldwide (Hall, 2015). Women are also 20% more likely to suffer from insomnia (Anderson, 2017). Single working women and working moms with young children are logging the worst sleep, usually logging only 6 hours to the 7.5 hour minimum that most adults need to be happy and healthy.

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Meet the New York DISH Women’s Network Chapter

DWN welcomes the newly formed New York chapter this month! On March 3, the new chapter held their kick-off meeting and discussed their goals, objectives and talked about past DWN objectives. They also held a cookie bake-off on March 22 to discuss their 6-month plan. Their leadership committee is composed of 9 members, with Alexi Rosenberg heading up this committee. They can be reached at

Alexis Rosenberg is the founding member in the New York office. She has been with DISH 8 years and is currently an account executive on the Direct Response team. Alexis says that she has always been interested in Women’s Rights. As a working mother, she stands up for mother’s rights and thought it was a positive change when her office incorporated a women’s nursing room. She is the founder of Direct Response Saleswomen, an organization that hosts networking events for women in the industry.

Mary Burfete has been a part of DISH for 4 years and in her industry for 17 years. Mary started at Viacom and held positions at VHI, Fox News, Huffington Post and Current TV. She is an account executive on the Direct Response team. She thinks DWN will give women

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International Women’s Day: Standing Up to the Bull

This week the DISH Women’s Network is inspired by the outpouring of actions for International Women’s Day. One particular action stands out as a true change catalyst.

State Street Global Advisors, an investor unit within State Street Corp, has unveiled a new statue on Wall Street: a young girl defiantly standing in front of the Bull on Wall Street.

They have input the statue to encourage and challenge boards to increase the number of women on their boards. Companies that fail to increase the number of women will be voted against boards by the Advisors.

We applaud this effort as not only symbolic but as a true action of change.

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“A Woman’s Job:” A New Original Series from Newsy

Newsy has a new series called “A Woman’s Job.” The series will showcase women succeeding in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Here is the series synopsis:

“These are the women redefining what womanhood means. Pioneers, paving their own way in what people think is a man’s world. On the farm, in the arena and under the hood, “A Woman’s Job” profiles women who are killing it in male-dominated jobs.”

About The Episodes:

Experience a day in the life of women working in male-dominated jobs.

Subjects include:

  • March 8 (Wednesday) – Jen Welter, first female full-time NFL coach
  • March 15 – Patrice Banks, mechanic and founder of Girls Auto Clinic
  • March 22 – Anne Briggs Bohnett, woodworker and farmer
  • March 29 – Erica Douglas, chemist
  • April 5 – Lisa Geertsen, blacksmith
  • April 12 – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, executive chef


Watch the Trailer

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“Six Going on Sixteen”

Rachael Kline | Marketing Specialist
Sling TV LLC

A six-year-old is susceptible to many things in their new world. Discovering a favorite food, joining a t-ball league, welcoming a new sibling into the world, a favorite Disney Channel character. Skewed gendered beliefs about themselves should not be on this list, but in today’s world, this is an alarming reality.

                A study conducted by The University of Illinois yielded stark results pointing to a fundamental transformation occurring with females between the ages of 5 and 6. At age 5, both boys and girls associate brilliance with their own gender. Beginning at age 6, a shift occurs where young girls begin associating “smart” and “really smart” character traits to men, rather than their own gender. Interestingly, when girls in the study were prompted to play one of two games, either: a game for the “really, really smart” or game 2, for those who “try really, really hard.” The study notes that, “at the age of 5, girls and boys were equally attracted to both games. But among those aged 6 or older, the girls were less interested than the boys in the game for smart kids, but not the one for

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Meet the Network! Be Featured on DWN’s Social Network

We would like to highlight strong and inspiring women at Dish! This is your chance to nominate women that are inspiring, strong and courageous, including yourself. Nominated women will be featured on our social media accounts. 

The nomination should include the following information: Name, email, department, and a short sentence or two about why you’re nominating this person.

To nominate an inspirational woman, email

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What do you tell your daughter?

Last night was the night we’ve been waiting for all year – for some it was the game, for others, it was the reveal of the most anticipated advertisements. For us, it wasn’t the historic comeback of the New England Patriots that gave us goosebumps, but rather was the empowering bold statements about gender equality.

The game began with “America the Beautiful” sung by the cast of Hamilton. It was a beautiful rendition to which they added a lyric to be more inclusive for all Americans, “And crown thy good with brotherhood, and sisterhood, from sea to shining sea.” They were immediately received with a roar of applause from the stands followed by camera pans to coaches and team members smiling and cheering.

The game began, the awaited commercials followed, and in the third quarter the most talked about ad aired – Audi’s Daughter Commercial. “What do I tell my daughter?” a man asks himself as he watches over his daughter gearing up to kart-race with the boys. How does he tell his daughter that she is valued less than a man because she was born female? As the race gets underway, you can see the eerie parallel

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Reviewing “A Rare Corner of Finance Where Women Dominate”

In, “A Rare Corner of Finance Where Women Dominate,” the article discusses how women are pioneering the way in corporate governance for mutual and pension funds. Corporate governance votes on Directors of a company’s board, and also make decisions affecting teachers, doctors, government workers, and people who have 401(k) accounts.

Why are there more women in this sphere than in other areas of finance? The article mentions engaging in companies, a diplomatic message to work with companies rather than coming in with guns blazing.

Michelle Edkins of BlackRock said women tended to be less confrontational than men. “We don’t meet with C.E.O.s and tell them how to remedy the problem,” she said.

One of the things the article mentioned is that change happens slowly. That may seem like a negative at first glance, however, it is human nature that people are resistant to change, and gradual changes would be far more effective than several changes in all at once.
It’d be great to see what would happen with more women on corporate boards to bring peace-keeping and diplomatic skills to the table in a similar way as we have with corporate governance.

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The Ambition Interviews: An Overview

The Ambition Interviews are a series of interviews about career women after college—with kids, without kids, staying at home, working part-time, working full-time, you name it.

The first impression I had of these interviews was “Wow!” That wow, however, was a wow tinged with sadness. Not because women everywhere are succeeding in the working world and raising children, but because of the huge sacrifices we all make in order to have a family and work at the same time.

Women in the working world, with its traditional nine-to-five hours that oftentimes stretch into 60+ hours a week, is like going through a meat grinder and trying to remain intact. And these are the stories of successful, educated women who are struggling with everything. The interviews don’t even go through what it’s like for single moms or those who struggle at the bottom, which is certainly that much worse.

But beyond that sadness, something stirs. A blend of creativity, wisdom, and authenticity is brewing. Wild, mad, excited, and crazy hope is rising: Rather than trying to squeeze into a box that we do not fit, that we will instead create wide open spaces in which we can grow and thrive.


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Exclusive Interview with Suzanne Cryer, star of HBO’s Silicon Valley

Paris from the DISH Women’s Network had the opportunity to sit down with Suzanne Cryer, star of HBO’s Silicon Valley during Denver Startup Week. They discussed how her character, Laurie Bream, has shaped her views of women in tech and how we can work together to elevate women in the workplace.

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