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Women Are Underestimated by Their Managers: New Research

October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

New research published by the Yale School of Management and conducted by Kelly Shue, professor of management at Yale, shows that while women get higher performance ratings than men, they are consistently judged as having less leadership potential by their managers and receive fewer promotions. Shue and her coauthors, Alan … Read more

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Forgotten Women in History—Part VII

October 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

From time to time I find it inspiring to write about women from the past with amazing accomplishments who I have never heard of. Today I’m writing about the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, a woman who discovered the universe, a woman whose … Read more

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Men Drop Out of College But the Gender Pay Gap Persists

October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that three-fourths of the pandemic-driven college dropouts in the United States were men. These numbers would seem to depict a crisis for men that predicts lower future earning power. If the earnings for men are going down, does that mean the gender wage gap will … Read more

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International Roundup: Gender Issues in the Workplace

September 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

I believe it is important to check in on top stories in other parts of the world on the topic of gender issues in the workplace to balance out our US-centric media. Today’s headlines take place in France, Japan, and Nigeria. France In Paris, France, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced … Read more

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Moms Worked Full Time on Childcare Last Year in Addition to Their Job

September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

New research, collected and released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and analyzed by the Brookings Institute, shows that in 2020, the mothers of young children spent about eight hours a day on childcare while spending six hours on average working. Chabeli Carrazana, reporting for the 19th, explains that the … Read more

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Paid Leave for Miscarriages and Other Family Loss: New Legislation

September 13, 2021 | 1 Comment

I am the oldest of four children. After my mother gave birth to me and my sister, she had two late-term miscarriages, and I remember her intense sadness and depression after each loss. Even though she went on to deliver two more healthy babies several years later, the sadness never … Read more

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Olympic Athletes Who Are Women: It’s Not an Even Playing Field

September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

The media coverage of the recent Tokyo Olympics Games has featured a number of “Olympian-mother success stories,” reports Lindsay Crouse of the New York Times. Crouse notes a few examples: Aliphine Tuliamuk and Sally Kipyego, both with babies and young children, represented the United States in the Olympic marathon. When … Read more

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Wally Funk Makes It to Space after Sixty Years of Trying

August 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

At the age of eighty-two, Wally Funk finally made it into space, the oldest person ever to go on a space flight. She spent sixty years trying to get there. Mary Robinette Kowal, writing for the New York Times, shares that Funk became a pilot at the age of seventeen … Read more

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Stalled Careers: New Research on the Intensive Margin in the Pandemic

August 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Much has been written about the impact of the pandemic on the careers of working parents, especially for working mothers, because of the pandemic childcare crisis. The number of women in the labor force has decreased during the pandemic, called the “shecession,” because they carried up to 70 percent of … Read more

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How to Encourage Men to Take Paternity Leave: New Research

August 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many men are reluctant to take paternity leave, even when it is available as paid leave, because they fear it will hurt their careers. This reluctance results in an extra burden for working mothers, who often face career-limiting choices regarding balancing careers and parenthood. A new study conducted in Norway, … Read more

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