Women have fought tirelessly over the decades for equal rights and have, thankfully, made giant strides. So, how is it that in 2013 women are still not "equal" to men in the workforce? Sadly, too many articles have been written blaming men and the proverbial glass ceiling for this unfortunate state of affairs. But hasn't the ceiling been shattered long ago? We should stop pointing fingers at the opposite gender and figure out a solution to eliminate the imbalance once and for all.
May's national jobless rate released this week continue the slight, steady gains in employment. The economy added 175,000 jobs and the overall rate climbed up a tad to 7.6 percent. Nearly half those gains were by women. But don't celebrate just yet.
If you haven't heard, Hillary Clinton finally activated her Twitter account this past Monday, and it's a pretty big deal. There was much anticipation of the eventual arrival of Hillary Clinton on the social media site, and when she finally made an appearance, she definitely did not disappoint. From her witty bio to her comical first tweet, the former Secretary of State made her debut well worth the wait.
Is it really progress for women in the workplace when we are celebrating larger restrooms in 2013? Women Senators think so, according to this report. While we are happy for their new, shorter wait for the bathroom, we wonder when we will be able to celebrate larger victories for working women.
The Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired because she requested an appropriate place to pump at work. Her boss' actions have been found in violation of the employee's Title VII rights to be free from sex discrimination.
Going back to work after having a child is a difficult decision to make, especially when it entails leaving your children at home to be cared for by someone else. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to prepare meals, clean the house, and stay on schedule, and working women would find that blissful work-life balance. For most, though, this isn't the reality. Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, being a working mother is difficult. It's inevitable that priorities, finances, and sleep schedules will shift when we juggle work and children. We turned to the Quora community to see what practical tips its members have to share with other working moms.
Sheryl Sandberg famously instrumental in Facebook's success also struck up an important national discussion about gender equality in the workplace. The tech giant's chief operating officer recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital about what's changed and what still needs changing after book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" too the world by storm.
Powerful women have been in the news a lot recently, helping companies large and small reach their full potential, making tough decisions, and refusing to let gender bias get in the way of their goals. For women who are just beginning their careers, it helps to see female leaders paving the path and breaking through the "glass ceiling" once and for all. Here are five TED Talks from women who are true examples of what can be accomplished with a bit of tenacity and ability.
During a time of astounding, innovative technological advances, you’d think that more women might be taking on tech careers. However, even with the amount of available STEM jobs increasing, female role models in the tech space are few and far between. And we think this is a big problem.
Sheryl Sandberg’s super popular movement that calls for women to “lean in” to the careers has been criticized for leaving out women who are less privileged and lacking many of the options commonly discussed. Many poor and working class women are unable to hold out for higher salaries, or decide who works and who doesn’t. The option to stay home during pregnancy or after childbirth are often not really options but rather the result of having no other choice. How then can we make the Lean In movement more inclusive?
Is the tech industry embracing its feminine side at last? The recent emergence of tech-savvy female leaders like Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! encourages more young women to pursue careers within the largely male-dominated field. Jobs in the tech industry are in high demand, yield promising salaries, and have been proven to be recession-proof -- or, at least, recession-resistant. Still not convinced that a tech major or career path is for you? Let's take a look at the statistics and see what the experts have to say about being a female in the tech industry.
As more women join the workforce and climb the corporate ladder they're more likely to fill the role of family breadwinner. Yet those professional advancements come without without the luxury to relinquish any of their traditionally held caregiver responsibilities, like shuttling kids to and from school, taking care of doctor appointments and housework, according to a Pew Research Center study released Wednesday.
Climbing to the top of the professional ladder is hard enough for any worker, but when that worker is a woman, the challenges increase exponentially. According to an article published by Women on Business, "As of 2010, only 2.4 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female [and] only 6 percent of U.S. companies have a woman CEO." As a result, we're always impressed when we read about a woman who has ascended to a principal position at a large firm. We want to hear her story, learn from her experiences, and be inspired in our own career pursuits. Here are five tips from powerful businesswomen who overcame the odds and broke through the glass ceiling.
Good news, working women. Not only do we have to worry about whether our jobs are paying us as much as our male counterparts and the possibility that our jobs may be making us fat, but we also have something else to worry about. And this one is crucial and will directly affect our dating lives, our chances of finding a man to marry us, and even our children. Who knew working could be such a damaging part of our lives?