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"Work Hard And Play By The Rules - Mostly" An Interview With Marsha Anastasia

Marsha Anastasia, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - The Americas, Pitney Bowes and President, National Association of Women Lawyers is a One Woman Makes a Difference 2016 Honoree! Join us on Tuesday, October 4th to celebrate all our honorees for making a difference in the lives of women, girls and families in Connecticut. 

Marsha Anastasia 

Who is your biggest inspiration as a woman and why?

While I could say Malala Yousafzai or Hillary Clinton, I’m going to give you 2 less famous women who have been an inspiration for me for many years: 

  1. Ruth Anastasia, my mom, who was a working woman and an amazing role model back when most moms were home.  She taught me how to be tough and have a thick skin under the most difficult of circumstances; and
  2. Carolyn Fenningdorf, my mother-in-law and 2nd mom, who also taught me to be strong but taught me how to be kind, understanding and empathetic.  She ran a successful perennial farm with her husband and brother while raising 3 children, and to this day I believe that under different circumstances, she would be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

It has been amazing to have these 2 strong women as role models in my everyday life and have their support every step of the way. 


If you could sum up your life philosophy is one sentence, what would it be?

 Work hard and play by the rules, mostly.


What women's issue is most important to you?

The Gender Wage Gap – It’s time to get serious about the fact that, in 2016, women in the United States earn on average 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, while women of color earn on average 60 – 70 cents for every dollar earned by men.


What has been your biggest professional hurdle as a woman and how did you overcome it?

Early in my career one of my colleagues felt that companies should be open about salaries and he proceeded to tell me his salary and the amount of the sign-on bonus he received.  To my utter shock and amazement, although I was senior to him and more experienced, he was making at least $10,000 more than me.  I called a friend who was an employment attorney, and with her encouragement and the fresh anger fueling my rage, I marched into my boss’s office, and got myself a nice raise!


What is your favorite quote as a woman?

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” 

The quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but actually came from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian.


Join us on October 4th to show your support of CWEALF and this year's honorees. This annual event supports CWEALF's mission to empower women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. Purchase your tickets today!


By CWEALF at 8 Sep 2016, 15:32 PM



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