Workplace inequality may sound like some "oh, woe is me" sob story that women are, well, sobbing about, but the reality of the situation is much more serious than most of us would like to admit. It's 2015 and women still earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. So what's holding women back in their careers?
We're taught from a young age that "femininity" is synonymous with being demure, quiet, pleasing, and friendly. But bosses often need a kind of take-charge attitude that maintains your powerful role as a knowledgeable person. So how do you keep the power and your upward mobility as a woman in the workplace? How do you avoid being stuck between a rock and the glass ceiling? Here are some tips:
Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
America's parental leave situation is dire. As you probably know, America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid parental leave to workers, so working parents are forced to use accumulated vacation and sick hours to ensure some sort of income during their time off. Even if parents are lucky enough to have paid parental leave, they might not take it all. Why? In part, it's because dads often head back to work, even before their leave is up.
One might be the loneliest number, but it's a regular fact when you're a woman working in a male-dominated field. What's more, recent studies that women in such fields (where 85 percent of their colleagues are men) show increased signs of social stress.
They say it takes a village to raise a baby, but what happens when mom and dad have to leave the village and return to work? Making the transition from "new parents" to "new parents who also have to work a full-time jobs" is no easy feat, and many new parents find it so difficult and costly that one chooses to put their career on hold to be the primary caregiver instead. Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered perks that helped make the transition for working parents a tad bit easier? Believe it or not, some companies do. Here is a list of the five incredible perks for working parents and the companies that so graciously offer them.
Working women continue to be steadfast in their fight for gender equality in the workplace. And, it's paying off, especially for millennials, who now have the greatest support of any generation of women. Here are a few signs that it's time for millennial women to break the glass ceiling once and for all.
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer plans to take limited time away after giving birth to her twins. She's a high-powered businesswoman, and she's done this before. (This is her second pregnancy, and she took just two weeks off last time.) Is she a heroine, someone we should all look up to – or is she part of the problem?
It's the first day of work and you're meeting with your new team; while it doesn't immediately strike you at first, you realize soon enough that perhaps you are the only person of color, the only man, the only woman, or the only person of a different faith in the room. It's not an easy start, but you will be able to make it work. Here are a few ways you can avoid isolation and any preconceived biases toward you and your efforts.
Lately, a lot more American companies have been jumping on the paid paternal leave bandwagon and finally offering their employees more paid time off after having a baby. This is great news for working parents in America – because, if you're a working parent, then you know that the struggle is very real. We'll take a look at how some companies in the U.S. are stepping up their paid paternal leave game, even if the country as a whole still lags behind the rest of the world.
Professional mermaid-ing is a highly specialized, fiercely competitive job that's swimming with a school of inner child-thrilling rewards, pun most definitely intended. Depending on a mermaid's employer, location, and experience, job perks can include working with children, wearing incredibly ornate uniforms, getting paid to dance underwater, and swimming with jellyfish (and sometimes sharks) on a routine basis. Though mermaid gigs are largely unadvertised, there are a surprisingly large number of opportunities to fashion a career as a real-life Ariel.