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Mexico City’s Woman Mayor Takes on Christopher Columbus

November 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mexico City’s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum—the first woman ever elected to lead North America’s largest city—made a bold decision to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus, erected in 1877, with one of a precolonial Indigenous woman. Anatoly Kurmanaev and Oscar Lopez, writing for the New York Times, note, “Statues of Columbus … Read more

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Paid Family Leave Program: Lessons Learned

November 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times notes that while a handful of states and most developed nations offer a form of paid family leave, the United States does not. In 1993 Congress passed a law requiring twelve weeks of unpaid leave, but not much has changed since then. … Read more

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Closing the Childcare Gap

November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Compared to the rest of the developed world, the United States has a significant childcare gap. Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times writes that the pandemic “has forced the issue” about the relationship of childcare to the health of our economy. She cites Gina Adams, a senior fellow … Read more

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Women in the Workplace: New Research by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org

October 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Each year, McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org, conducts the largest study of women in corporate America. This is the seventh year of this research, which involved 423 participating organizations employing twelve million people. Sixty-five thousand people participated in this year’s survey on their workplace experiences, and in-depth interviews were also … Read more

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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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