• No, You Don't Have to 'Think Like a Man' to Get Ahead
    One of the biggest myths about professional women and success is that it's easier to get ahead in the workplace if you exhibit traditionally "masculine" qualities. Often these perceived traits include being assertive, confident, solution-focused, and ambitious. If it were true that men always behaved this way, and women never did, "think like a man" would be great career advice. But, there's one glaring flaw in that wisdom.
  • Find an Inspirational Female Mentor With This Roadmap
    Let's start by taking a little timehop back to our grandmothers' generation. Think about what life was like for them as women — especially when it comes to life in the business world. Once you've captured that image, I'd like you to fast-forward to the present, to your own lives. A bit different, right? Yes, over the last 100 or so years we've made leaps and bounds in terms of the disparity between the sexes in the workplace.
  • How Robin Wright Asked for (and Got) the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards'
    For the first three seasons of Netflix's hit political thriller/soap opera House of Cards, Kevin Spacey earned more than Robin Wright – about $80,000 more per episode, according to The Huffington Post. When the show began, that might have made sense. Spacey, after all, started off as an Oscar winner, whereas Wright had been largely out of the spotlight for several years. Then, however, the Emmy nominations started rolling in, for Wright as well as Spacey. What would Claire Underwood do?
  • Google Proposes 13 New Emojis for Gender Equality

    Take a look at your emojis for a moment. Can you find one that looks like a woman with a career? You won't find a businesswoman, a scientist, a doctor, or even a female graduate wearing a mortarboard. In fact, the recognizably female emojis are retrograde in the extreme: there's a bride, and a princess, and a dancer – just about the only one that could be representing a profession.

    Why is this important? Because emojis are everywhere, and far from being without impact on our professional lives, even if we never use them at work. The lack of female professional emoijis matters for the same reason that it matters that the average crowd scene in a movie is only 17 percent female; because if girls don't grow up seeing women succeeding in professional life, it's hard to imagine themselves doing the same. Now, four Google employees have proposed expanding emojis to include 13 new images – all depicting women working at jobs.

  • 3 Reasons Why Moms Make the Ideal Entrepreneurs
    Motherhood is an amazing and crazy thing. One minute, you're on cloud nine and completely in love with this miracle-of-a-child you brought into this world … then next minute, you're huddled in the corner having a mental breakdown because you simply cannot deal with one more tantrum today from your insatiable, hardheaded child. If you can handle the endless emotional roller coaster that is motherhood, then owning your own business will seem like a walk in the park. Read on to see why motherhood is the best prep course for becoming an entrepreneur.
  • What You Need to Know About the Occupation Gap (and How You Can Help)
    The good news is that the economy has been adding jobs fairly steadily for several years now. The bad news is that many of the occupations projected to grow the most in coming years are low-paying jobs, and guess who will be filling these positions? That's right: women. Always have, always will – if something doesn't change. We'll take a look at why women end up in low-wage occupations and how this phenomenon, known as the occupation gap, is contributing to the gender pay gap.
  • 6 Important Facts About Women and Salary Negotiation
    Why do women earn less money than men – and how much less do they really make? When it comes to the gender pay gap, nothing is off-limits for debate. In particular, critics who say that the gender pay gap is much smaller than 77 cents on the dollar argue that women's choice has a lot to do with why they earn less than men. They claim that women's lower earnings is not so much a pay gap, but a wage gap – and if women don't negotiate salary, for instance, then why worry about their lower earnings?
  • These 3 New Initiatives Aim to Help Working Moms Return to the Workforce
    Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't nearly impossible to have a thriving, successful career and a happy little family simultaneously? Unfortunately in today's world, that dream seems to be a distant and unattainable reality, considering how difficult it is for mothers to find work after taking time off to care for their little ones in those precious first years. Thankfully, things are slowly changing and more mother-friendly career opportunities are popping up. Here are three initiatives that are making a huge impact for working mothers across the nation.
  • Secret Deodorant Commercial: The Gender Pay Gap Still Makes Us Sweat
    Have you negotiated your salary lately? If you're female, and the answer is no, it's probably because you're afraid to talk about money with the boss – and that's not your fault. Research shows that women are more likely to pay a social penalty when they ask for what they deserve. But, of course, if you don't ask, you don't get. So what's an enterprising female professional to do?
  • When Kids Learn About the Gender Pay Gap, We All Learn Something From Them
    Kids help us take a fresh look at the world around us. Sometimes, we can become so accustomed to our environment and our circumstances that we have a hard time actually seeing things the way they are. Children help with that; kids often have a way of putting things that sheds fresh light on a situation we take for granted – for example, the gender pay gap. Recently, the folks at Expert Market, a company that helps businesses locate services and equipment, deviated from their usual approach to gender pay gap research and instead turned their focus on a group of 5- to 7-year-olds. How these kids reacted to learning about the gender pay gap for the first time will make you rethink the things you already "know." Let's take a closer look.
  • Want to Minimize the Financial Hit of Having Kids? Have Them After Age 30
    Is there a wage penalty for motherhood? Research suggests so, showing that having a child has a negative impact on women's earnings, while fatherhood offers a wage bonus for men. For each child a woman has, her wages decrease by about 4 percent, whereas a man's wages rise by about 6 percent when he becomes a dad, perhaps because employers start to see these earners differently once they've become fathers.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Salary Negotiation Strategies for Working Moms
    Even when women don't prioritize family over work, they pay a salary penalty for marrying and having kids. In fact, PayScale's report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, shows that only childless, single men and women in the same jobs have a 0 percent gender pay gap. When women do put home responsibilities before work, they're paid increasingly less than men – and that's without taking significant time out of their careers to raise a family. When moms leave work, and then return, they face an uphill battle to get the pay they deserve. This week's roundup looks at salary negotiation techniques for those moms, as well as a checklist for buffing up your LinkedIn profile, and strategies to avoid burnout before it strikes.
  • 3 Things Working Women Should Do to Feel More Empowered
    Despite the fact that women make up nearly half of the workforce, they still are severely underrepresented in leadership roles. In fact, women make up "only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs," reports Forbes, which means working women have slim pickings when it comes to female role models in their careers. However, that doesn't mean that women can't feel empowered in their careers – it just means they have to learn to be the role models, themselves. Here's how working women can become the change they want to see in the corporate world.
  • Harriet Tubman's Image Appearing on the $20 Bill Is a Really Big Deal
    If you didn't know anything about the history of our country, you might think it was pretty strange to see that so many of us are actually quite moved by the decision to make Harriet Tubman the new face of the $20. After a lengthy process, and a passionate campaign, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that an image of Tubman will appear on the front of the $20 bill, with Jackson represented on the back. Here's why this is about more than just money, and what you should know.
  • Now It's Personal: Check Out This Gender Pay Gap Calculator
    The gender pay gap is not an abstract idea. It is, in fact, a real problem. However, it's hard to know exactly how the wage gap has played out for each of us as individuals, which makes the reality (and the gravity) of the situation harder to fully grasp.
  • 5 Things Working Moms Need to Feel Empowered In and Out of the Workplace
    If you're a working mom, you already know how hard it can be to juggle priorities successfully. For starters, motherhood has launched you into a whole new dimension of exhaustion. You probably don't even recognize your own reflection in the mirror anymore, and neither do your co-workers. The piles of dishes and laundry are starting to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and every day you're just hoping and praying that no one stops by unexpectedly. You're not completely sure when the last time you showered was – but who cares, because everyone's alive and fed, right? This survival mentality is all too common for working moms, and it usually results in them feeling defeated, stressed to the max, and completely exhausted – which isn't a great combination for anyone's career or well-being. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's what moms need in order to have the lives and careers they deserve.
  • Meet the Winners of PayScale's Women in STEM Scholarship
    Through many studies at PayScale, we have found that there are fewer women entering and staying in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, even though there is more attention on the subject than ever. Because of this, we were inspired to create a scholarship that is exclusively for women heading into STEM who plan to pursue a meaningful career in those fields. Out of over 7,000 applicants, PayScale has awarded two exceptional young women a $2,000 scholarship to help them pursue their STEM education and follow their dreams. Read about each of the scholarship winners to see why they impressed us so much.
  • Working Moms Are Superheroes, and Working Dads Are the Robin to Their Batman
    Last week, one of our excellent writers, Leah Arnold-Smeets, penned a great piece on the struggles of being a working mom. As a working dad, it got me thinking.
  • Yes, the Gender Pay Gap Is Real, and No, It's Not Women's Fault
    Women don't ask, so they don't get. Or: women should wait their turn, and let karma sort it out. Or: women choose low-paying jobs, and/or work fewer hours, so they shouldn't expect to be paid as much as a man. There's just one problem with all of these explanations for why the gender pay gap isn't real, or at least, isn't really an issue that needs solving: they're all nonsense.
  • These Terrible #EqualPayDay Tweets Will Make You Cringe
    Even though research and data from multiple organizations have found that there is in fact a significant gender pay gap in America, not everyone believes in numbers. And with the power of the internet and the hashtag #EqualPayDay, we get to see how some people really feel about the gender pay gap and equal pay for women. Hold on to your unicorns, people, because the debate starts ... now.

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