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A Woman Leader Makes a Difference in Japan

May 2, 2022 | 1 Comment

Japan continues to have one of the worst records of gender inequality in the workplace in the world. In a previous post, I cited Ben Dooley of the New York Times, who reported that Women in Japan earn 44 percent less than men. Only 6 percent of board directors in … Read more

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Legislators Who Are Mothers with Young Children

April 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lawmakers who are the mothers of young children face special challenges. Barbara Rodriguez, writing for the 19th, notes that while 31 percent of legislative seats across the United States are now held by women, little research has been done to understand the experiences of those who are mothers with young … Read more

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Women Pay Women More in Colleges and Universities

April 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

New research from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, reported by Emma Whitford, shows that when women are the presidents and provosts of institutions of higher weducation, female senior faculty and top administrators earn more than at institutions where men are in charge. Furthermore, women occupy a … Read more

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International Roundup: Women in the News

March 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Notable gender-related changes that fit with the interests and purpose of this blog—gender issues in the workplace—are happening all over the world. The people and events involved are inspirational and informative. Here are a few recent ones. Pakistan Salman Masood writes that after decades of struggle to secure representation and … Read more

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Women Physicians Speak Out Less in the Classroom: New Research

March 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

New research on gender differences comes to us from a colleague, Patricia Day Williams, who supplied an interesting backstory on how this research came about. It seems that three young women physicians taking a graduate-level summer course as fellows at the Harvard School of Public Health noticed gender differences in … Read more

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The Cost to Men of Societal Expectations: Male Burnout

February 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

I remember when my brother, who is thirteen years younger than me and the only male child in our family, learned key lessons on how to be masculine. My father bought him a gun when he was about eight and took him hunting to shoot rabbits. My brother did not … Read more

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New Research on Gender Gaps

February 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

When I hear the term gender gap, I tend to think of the gender wage gap or the gender voting gap, both of which have been regularly discussed in the public domain in recent years. A summary of new research by Thomas B. Edsall, writing for the New York Times, … Read more

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Older Workers Are Retiring in Greater Numbers

February 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Much has been written about staffing shortages in almost every sector of our economy and the high rates of “quitting” by lower-wage workers. While research shows that many white women and women of color, especially mothers, are quitting because of a lack of workplace support for childcare and other family … Read more

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Forgotten Women in History—Part VIII

February 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

I find it inspiring to learn about women in history who broke barriers and forged new pathways. Often, their accomplishments have been lost or forgotten—or at least were unknown to me. Here are the brief stories of four more amazing women I have recently stumbled across. Gertrude Jeannette (1914–2018) Reportedly … Read more

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Sexual Harassment in the Military: Some Progress at Last

January 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

At long last, some change is coming in the way sexual assaults are handled in the military. Jennifer Steinhauer writes that a landmark agreement has been reached to “strip military commanders of most of their authority to prosecute sexual assaults and myriad other criminal cases.” Under the current law, commanders … Read more

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