Which way to Lean?

Sometimes I feel like the only thing I’m really sure about in my life is my husband and my family. Everything else is a big question mark. The things I say today about career, children, and big life decisions might be completely different from how I feel tomorrow.Simply put, I don’t have any answers. Only questions....more

The Art of Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Field

My name is Rachel. I am 25 and a female, and those two small facts come as a shock to the majority of my co-workers. My predecessor was a middle-aged male, the other people in my industry are mainly male and the majority of my co-workers are males. I manage employees, most of which are male, and I am managed by males. I can faintly hear my feminist sisters in the background cheering for me, and I usually wear these facts like a badge of honor on my chest. I am proud of this, but if we are being honest, it is no walk in the park....more
It seems as if your age has more to do with their lack of trust in your ability than your ...more

Harassment Could -- and Did -- Happen to Me

I was 23, working at my dream job teaching writing at an alternative outdoor high school, when I experienced sexual harassment. ...more

Closing the “So Close, But So Far” Gap for Women

Jennifer Christie, Chief Diversity Officer at American Express, talks about a key component that keeps women from getting to the top of the corporate ladder. ...more

Sponsorship – the new holy grail for women?

Definition: SPONSORSHIP – a more intensive and higher-stake form of mentorship.We’re now 9 months on from Catalyst’s ground-breaking report on Sponsorship.  Sponsoring Women to Succeed (Catalyst – November 2011) argues that the only way women can reach the C-Suite is by having a high-positioned sponso...more

3 Strategies for Thriving on Shift and Change for Your Career

You know that feeling when you dive into deep water and there’s an invisible but unmistakable line where you pass from warmth into significantly cooler water? In one instant, I passed through one level where I was managing one of AOL’s call centers, an operation of 250 people, seven days a week, to a completely different experience as the head of corporate training. ...more

Re-careering blues

I resigned from my job after my move to New York and have only been looking for a job for a couple of months. And, I am lucky to have a supportive husband who has far less issue sharing “his” money than I do (quotation marks are mine not his). So, necessary PC-caveats aside, why do I feel so low?...more

IS IT EVER OKAY TO CRY AT WORK?

Have you ever had a meltdown at work? Did a conversation with a boss or co-worker leave you feeling angry, frustrated and in tears? If you’re a woman, the answer is probably yes. 41% of women admit to crying at work, compared to 9% of men. ...more

Gail Collins: "We did some pretty amazing things!"

by Chris LombardiThe Constitution Center in Philadelphia, perhaps best known in recent years as the site of President Obama's iconic speech on race, was packed this past Monday night....more

Women as Breadwinners

One of my favorite episodes of the Brady Bunch is the one where Mike and Carol swap their traditional parenting roles. Mike spends an afternoon cooking with Marcia, Jan, and Cindy, while Carol runs baseball practice for Greg, Peter, and Bobby. Despite their best efforts, both fail spectacularly. Mike makes a mockery of himself in the kitchen, while Carol looks like a fish out of water on the baseball diamond. At the end of the day, Mike and Carol share a good laugh and come to the inescapable conclusion that they — and the family — are much better off when everyone does what they’re supposed to do. The episode is hilariously funny and, like much of the show, awfully old-fashioned. The Brady Bunch, of course, is all about traditional gender roles. Mike is the breadwinner, Carol is the caregiver, the boys like sports, the girls like dolls, Alice likes to dust. Even Tiger lives in an old-fashioned doghouse.  A Woman’s Nation is centered on the idea that America in 2009 looks a whole lot different than America in, say, the early 1970s. In the chapter entitled “New Breadwinners,” the report explores the new American economy, which for the first time contains a workforce evenly split along gender lines. Not only do women now make up 50 percent of the nation’s workforce, but working mothers are also now the primary or co-breadwinners in a majority of American families. Nevertheless, from the types of jobs women hold to how much (or how little) they are compensated, equity in the workplace has clearly not yet been achieved despite women’s new parity in the workplace. The starkest indicator of this fact is the pay gap — the average woman working full-time earns a mere 77 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart....more
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