Aug 03, 2015


How to Stick Up for Yourself–Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin Weighs in on the Today Show

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How to Stick Up for Yourself

Do you often find yourself giving in to friends, family and coworkers who constantly ask you for favors, expect you to pick up their slack, and even pick up the tab at restaurants? Well, you might be a bit of a pushover!

But don’t worry. There are steps that you can take to correct your own behavior, as well as the behavior of those who are constantly treating you like a doormat.

Yesterday, the ELLA Leadership Institute’s founder Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin appeared on NBC’s  Today Show to discuss effective communication strategies that can help women to stick up for themselves.

Here are some takeaways from yesterday’s segment:

  • When you have a friend who always calls you just to vent, Angelica warns that you avoid becoming part of the problem. “Be careful and don’t indulge in the conversation.” Angelica advised.  “Avoid getting involved. Just listen.”
  • When a  friend expects you to pick up the bill at a restaurant, Angelica suggests that a little bit of “clarity sometimes goes a long way.”
  • When a family member constantly skips out on shared household chores, Angelica advises that you give the individual choices, and empower them that way.
  • When a coworker dumps their work on you, Angelica recommends that you first “clarify what  they just asked you to do,” because sometimes your coworkers aren’t aware of how much they’ve asked you to take on.

To watch the entire segment, click on the video below. To learn more about Angelica, the ELLA Leadership Institute and ELLA’s mission, visit us at

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and

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  1. What a great segment! Loved all the tips and suggestions, Angelica.

  2. Oh, that was awesome, Angelica! It was a very powerful segment indeed. You were both brilliant and beautiful! Keep up the stellar work! Peace and Blessings! ~LaShawn

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