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Domestic Workers in the Pandemic: A Case Study in Structural Inequality

October 19, 2020 | 1 Comment

I was very moved when my new neighbors agreed that they would all continue to pay the people who cleaned their apartments, even though the housekeepers could not work in the pandemic. I had just moved to a new city, and the Covid-19 pandemic hit one week after I arrived. … Read more

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New Cracks in the Glass Ceiling on Wall Street and Hollywood

October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

In February 2021, Jane Fraser will become the first woman chief executive officer of a major financial institution in the United States, according to reporting by Emily Flitter and Anupreeta Das. Wall Street has stubbornly remained a bastion of white men despite repeated talk of recruiting and promoting more women … Read more

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Another Challenge for Working Parents

October 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

There has always been resentment from childless coworkers toward colleagues who are parents, especially when women, and some men, take maternity and paternity leave or family leave to care for ill family members. Organizations tend to expect the coworkers left behind to pick up the work of their absent colleagues … Read more

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Update on the UK Gender Pay Gap: Has Transparency Made a Difference?

September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have long felt and written about the importance of transparency to close the gender wage gap in the United States. It stands to reason that as long as payroll information is a secret, we cannot hold organizations accountable for paying women and people of color less than they pay … Read more

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Why Black Women Are So Thrilled about Kamala Harris

September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Let me be clear—I am a white woman who is thrilled that Kamala Harris was chosen to be the vice presidential running mate to Joe Biden. I noticed the giddiness of black women and men on the days following Harris’s appointment. Every black person interviewed on television over subsequent days … Read more

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Caregiving Is an Issue for Everyone

September 14, 2020 | 1 Comment

When my mother was diagnosed with brain tumors and given four months to live, I did what most of us would do if we could. I, along with my sister, temporarily moved 1,200 miles to take care of her for the remaining months of her life. Fortunately, both my sister … Read more

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Costs of Motherhood in the Pandemic

September 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

In so many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed a deep disregard for working mothers. In a previous article I wrote about the unequal distribution of labor in heterosexual couples as women and men try to work full time from home while dealing with homeschooling, housework, and childcare. In another … Read more

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More Barriers Fall for Women in Publishing and the Military

August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is important to notice good news for women leaders when it happens. I recently wrote about barriers for women that came down in publishing and politics. These small cracks in the glass ceiling are beginning to accumulate. Now there are new cracks to report as additional barriers fall for … Read more

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Five Ways Women Could Benefit from the Pandemic

August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

It seems likely that some changes in the way we work resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic will be permanent. In a previous post, I summarized research emerging about the differential impact of the pandemic on women who are parents. Family caregiving, previously expected to be kept private and not mentioned … Read more

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How Gender Inequality and the Pandemic Affect Retirement for Women

August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new report from the Brookings Institution notes that the status of women in retirement has not gotten much attention. The authors of this report, Grace Enda and William G. Gale, point out that significant differences exist in economic status for women in retirement compared to the status of men. … Read more

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