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Esther Lombardi

Esther Lombardi writes about women at work, productivity and time management strategies, and breaking news. She has more than 15 years of professional writing, editing, and publishing experience, as well as a master's degree in English.  Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to give you fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.

Most Recent Posts by Esther Lombardi
  • Bernie Sanders Proposes Free Tuition, But Can It Work?

    You've probably already heard about Sen. Bernie Sanders' free-college tuition bill, which that promises a tuition-free education, so students can attend state colleges or universities with little cost. It sounds like a great idea, right? We'd no longer be able to complain about all the uneducated masses. Every student would have access to training to land them a career they'd love, without the burden of crushing student loan debt. Employers would have access to a more highly skilled pool of applicants. Eventually, even the economy as a whole could improve. So why isn't everyone on board?
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  • What's Really Behind That Manicure?

    Nail technician: It's one of those careers that seems almost hidden, overlooked, and even ignored. And, when you last went into a nail salon to get your manicure or pedicure, you probably had no idea about the reality of the working conditions the women workers are often forced to endure across the country.
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  • Hillary Clinton Fights Like a Woman for Paid Leave

    It was Mother's Day on Sunday, so it's probably not really surprising that Hillary Clinton released a video about her mother (and daughter and granddaughter). But, set against the birth of her granddaughter, she also briefly retells a story about a nurse who said, "Thank you for fighting for paid family leave." Is it just political posturing, or can we finally hope for some resolution to the shameful state of family leave in the U.S.?
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  • 4 Things to Know About the McDonald's Protest for a Higher Minimum Wage

    April 15 was the day McDonald's Corp. first opened their doors to the public in Illinois – back in 1955. So, it's fitting that workers launched international protests for higher wages and the right to unionize exactly 60 years later on McDonald's birthday. Make no mistake: this is not about individual employees raving about isolated mistreatment. This is a global movement. It's gaining momentum and publicity, and it doesn't show any signs of dissipating.
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  • What If the Glass Ceiling Was Really a Leaky Pipe?

    With all the talk about empowerment and female leadership, we also know that the barriers to advancement are very real. For every step forward, gender bias and situational barriers continue to prevent deserving women from receiving recognition and achieving positions of leadership. But, instead of thinking of this situation as a "glass ceiling," which indicates a barrier that is impossible to break through, why not consider a different paradigm – a leaky pipe?
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  • The US Supreme Court Rules for Pregnant Women

    It's been a long time coming, but the verdict for Young vs. United Parcel Service, Inc. is finally in. And, while the Supreme Court justices rejected both sides' arguments, the result is still potentially great news for women workers and a move in the right direction to beat pregnancy discrimination. The court offered an alternate interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and tossed the case back to the lower courts.
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  • 5 Ways to Avoid Waking up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

    You've just woken up, and you're grumpy. And, that bad mood is rubbing off on everyone and everything around you. It's affecting your productivity, your relationship with your family, friends, and co-workers. It just sets you up for feeling like the whole day has started off wrong. We usually refer to it as "getting up on the wrong side of the bed." And, it's usually one of those phrases that we throw at each other, when we're annoyed, hurt, or offended.
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  • 5 Ways to Get Tough

    We all want to be tough. It's something that was ingrained in us from an early age -- more so for boys than for girls -- but the impression we may get is that we should be able to handle everything that is thrown our way. But, what would happen if we set all that aside for a minute, and we re-evaluated what it meant to be tough? On the job, if we took a closer look at our toughness, we might just see that we've approached it in all the wrong ways.
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  • 5 Ways to Survive Work-at-Home Hell

    Most workers work from home occasionally at some point in their career, and some of us do it on a full-time basis. After all, if you've telecommuted at all, you know how your home-based environment can dramatically improve your productivity. Distractions are limited, and you're able to focus on the project at hand. So, why do some companies forbid, discourage, or in other ways inhibit their workers from telecommuting? In short, it's because there's also a downside to working from home.
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  • Is It Better to Stand Out at Work, or to Hide?

    So, you've got a job. You can breathe a sigh of relief. And, for some workers, just having a job is enough. You're hearing all that great news about the uptick in the economic projections, employment is up, and the job market in general looks more hopeful. But, here's the thing: Just because you have a job doesn't mean you shouldn't be consciously making an effort to improve yourself and your position. The question is, how to do that without sticking your neck out and courting disaster.
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