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The Economist: What’s Holding Women Back?
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The Economist: What’s Holding Women Back?

Even though women are now catching up to men, their presence in leadership is still significantly low. The Economist explains why: What is holding women back from leadership positions in 21st-century America? According to Pew, the problem is that women still have to do more than men to prove themselves. This finding suggests a troubling assumption—that … Continue reading

The Boston Globe: ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ isn’t so Simple
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The Boston Globe: ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ isn’t so Simple

Beggs believes the legislation regarding income discrepancy between genders would not be best. LAST TUESDAY, President Obama’s State of the Union address reiterated the statistic that working women in the United States “make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns” and went on to call for “equal pay for equal work.” Obama was promoting the … Continue reading

BBC: Charities Aim to Get Learning-Disabled Children Playing
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BBC: Charities Aim to Get Learning-Disabled Children Playing

SENDirect, a recently-launched website, hopes to provide reviews of establishments conducive to children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). “We developed SENDirect in response to families telling us that finding vital local services for any child with additional needs is over-complicated, confusing and choice is severely limited,” says Jolanta Lasota, chair of the consortium … Continue reading

The White House: Middle Class Economics for the 21st Century – Helping Working Families Get Ahead
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The White House: Middle Class Economics for the 21st Century – Helping Working Families Get Ahead

Along with the State of the Union, The White House released its plan to help working families get ahead. Over the past six years, we’ve rescued and begun to rebuild our economy on a new foundation.  Middle class economics has begun to work.  Now we have to build on this progress to raise wages and … Continue reading

Huffington Post: The Very Real Women’s Issues That the President Needs to Address
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Huffington Post: The Very Real Women’s Issues That the President Needs to Address

With the State of the Union speech being delivered tonight, Refinery29 has produced a video featuring the women’s issues that the President should address. “Issues like fiscal policy, student debt, reproductive rights, LGBT identity, physical safety, racial and ethnic diversity, and workplace protections. These statistics aren’t just abstract things — they affect and reflect the daily lives … Continue reading

Human Right’s Watch: US: Tobacco Company Bans Hiring Children Under 16
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Human Right’s Watch: US: Tobacco Company Bans Hiring Children Under 16

Some groups are engaged in a movement to ban underage labor in the tobacco industry earning  spot on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show earlier this year. Now a major tobacco company banned people under 16 from working on their farms. The decision by the US tobacco company Altria Group to prohibit growers in its supply chain from … Continue reading

Washington Post: Ageing Population Prompts More Employers to Offer Elder-Care Benefits to Workers
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Washington Post: Ageing Population Prompts More Employers to Offer Elder-Care Benefits to Workers

As the population ages and chronic medical conditions arise, companies are beginning to offer generous benefits to workers who have elder-care responsibilities. Some [companies], including pioneers such as Fannie Mae in the Washington area, are offering not only flexibility, but also benefits such as emergency backup adult care, geriatric assessments, social workers to assist with referrals … Continue reading

Washington Post: Study: Women with more children are more productive at work
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Washington Post: Study: Women with more children are more productive at work

A study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded that women with kids were more productive at work than women without kids. However, according to the Washington Post, this was a very narrow study conducted only among women  with “privileged circumstances.” A word of encouragement for my working moms: You are actually more productive … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly
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Huffington Post: Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly

Recently, there have been a lot of news articles arguing whether flexibility for working fathers and mothers and other “family friendly” laws improve everyone’s well being. Kelli Newman of the Huffington Post offers her view on this subject. Here are the five ways she suggests tech companies can improve: 1. Provide (Good) Paid Parental Leave The United States is the … Continue reading

Time: The Parent Trap: Are Flexible Work Policies Hurting Moms And Dads?
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Time: The Parent Trap: Are Flexible Work Policies Hurting Moms And Dads?

Nanette Fondas brings up an interesting rebuttal to the train of the thought that flexible work policies are beneficial. She believes that flexible work policies can be detrimental to both working moms and dads as it can keep them from progressing as far in their careers. But the flexibility pendulum can swing too far. The … Continue reading