My New York Internship: The Job That Was Not a Job

I was making, roughly, $70 a night as a waitress. Two hundred dollars sounded amazing. This sounded like a golden opportunity hovering in the air, just waiting for me to seize it. ... Part of the Women @ Work series, sponsored by AFL-CIO. ...more
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50 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Women Are Still Fighting for Equality

Sara*, a veteran of the armed forces, worked her way up from secretary to sales representative for a construction supply company. After winning more than $1 million in contracts for her employer, she was surprised that she hadn’t received a commission like her male co-workers. When she asked her supervisor about it, he told her she would get no commission. ...more

Binders Full of Women Come Up Empty

The equation couldn't be easier. Women represent more than half of the electorate and nearly half the workforce. So you'd think that President Obama and Governor Romney, vying to win the women's vote, would focus on pay equity and its direct link to a healthy economy. But no, it took a woman to raise the question just three weeks before the presidential election....more

Is a pay-gap audit the only way forward?

Despite equal-pay legislation being in place for 40 years, the UK gender pay gap remains one of the highest in the EU. On average women in the UK earn about 15% less than men. And in London the pay gap is higher at 23%....more

What if Self-promotion is a Gender-Neutral Leadership Skill?

Sometimes true wisdom hides behind sensational headlines. I often think this when I read gender wars articles; you know, the ones that toss the sexes in the ring? Here’s my latest beef: Women need to self-promote to make more money. (Forbes Woman , Catalyst Inc.) So apparently women suck at self-promotion. Is that the deepest wisdom here? I’m not arguing the data, but rather the interpretation. ...more

How Not To Fall Victim To “The Motherhood Penalty”

It’s a fact, Ladies. The most fulfilling experience of our lives – nurturing little beings into wonderful adults – is statistically killing our careers. At least that’s what the data says. ...more

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What Are You Worth?

Let’s start with the notion that you are priceless – an utterly unique mix of experience, judgment and talent. Do you feel resistance to that notion? Not true? Impractical? Culturally irrelevant? Play with me anyway. Let go of those negative ideas for just a minute. Just find that part of you that knows you’re priceless and let’s move on....more

Why You Need Women Leading In Your Organization - A Summary of the Data

I’m a woman and I like to hear about women making it big in business, but I keep running across data that says that we still aren’t up there with the guys – despite “overwhelming evidence” that companies that have women in leadership roles outperform those who don’t. ...more

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Why the Movie, ‘Made in Dagenham’ Is Still Relevant Today

www.TheFeministBride.comMade in Dagenham is a British docudrama by Director Nigel Cole and is based on the true story of 187 female Ford Motor machinists in Dagenham, England, 1968. The female workers, led by Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins), unite in a strike after management reclassifies them as “unskilled workers” to justify a lower pay rate. The women take their demand for equal pay all the way to parliament. The movie’s message on women’s ability to overcome a culture that promotes sex discrimination is still as relevant today as it was then. But the movie’s comedic, cutesy tone glossed over the severity of the cause, which brings to light larger issues in non-fiction women’s films....more

Battle of the Sexes: The Double Standard Continues...Why?

It's long overdue that the double standards applied to women be dropped. How can it be that in 2010, women are still paid less, objectified far more, and expected to do more than the average man? This subject is so frustrating for many of us because we can't seem to change the culture that women are held to a higher standard but compensated less. Don't believe me? Here are two situations that might change your mind. "What are you, depressed?" I had a sinus infection one Friday as I went into work. My hair was clean and brushed but not styled and I wore no makeup....more