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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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Banning Forced Arbitration in Employment Contracts: Another Victory on the Horizon for the Me Too Movement

August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

In 1991, after law professor Anita Hill described the lewd behavior of her boss, Clarence Thomas, during his hearing in Congress to become a Supreme Court Justice, the term sexual harassment was born. Thanks to Hill, we now had a phrase to describe the ancient practice used by powerful people … Read more

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Family and Medical Leave for Freelance Workers: Update

August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Charlotte Cowles, writing for the New York Times and who is about to take maternity leave as a freelance worker, asks “how to take family leave if you’re a freelance worker.” This question is of particular interest to me as a self-employed worker for more than thirty years (also known … Read more

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The New Global Plan for Gender Equality

July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

I remember the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995 when Hillary Clinton created a global scandal by declaring, “Women’s rights are human rights.” Her speech was considered so outrageous that the Chinese government cut off her microphone in the middle of her speech. Clinton was the first lady at … Read more

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Women-Led Fortune 500 Companies and Social Justice Promises: Update

July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among other Black Americans killed by police or white citizens in 2020 and captured on video, triggered an outpouring of public support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the summer of 2020. The obvious injustice of the killing … Read more

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More Sounds of the Glass Ceiling Breaking for Womxn

July 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Let’s take this time to mark another moment of “firsts” for women, adding to the others we have recently acknowledged. We should not take these breakthroughs for granted because as Claire Cain Miller points out, They are a long time coming. Representation in positions of influence can break down stereotypes … Read more

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Why We Need More Women in Elected Leadership

July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

In previous posts, I wrote about women leaders who have made a difference because they are women. In one post, seven women heads of state around the world demonstrated clear and measurable differences in effectiveness compared to men leaders at the beginning of the pandemic by Telling the truth to … Read more

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